Saturday, 15 January 2011
Liverpool v Everton Match Preview
It is not just the proximity of the clubs that makes the Merseyside Derby great. There is a history between the two clubs since Everton, who were originally at Anfield, split in 1892 and Liverpool Football Club was formed.
It will be the first home game for Reds’ manager Kenny Dalglish since his return to the position. So far, his comeback has not been ideal, with Liverpool losing their last two games to Manchester United and Blackpool.
If Everton are to win against Liverpool on Sunday, it will be their first double win against their city rivals since the 1984/85 season.
The Blues will definitely be entering Anfield with their heads held high following their 5-1 domination over Scunthorpe in the third round of the FA Cup last Sunday.
Liverpool are currently suffering on the league table, being in 13th place and winning only once in their last five Premier League matches. A win at Anfield is much needed and to have it over their Blue rivals would surely lift the spirits of the team and the fans.
They will be without their captain Steven Gerrard, who will be serving the second match out in his three match ban, and co-captain Jamie Carragher, still out after shoulder surgery.
Joe Cole is hopeful to make his return from an ankle injury.
Everton will also be fighting at the derby without Tim Cahill, who is representing Australia in the Asian Cup. Phil Jagielka is out with a thigh injury as well.
Steven Pienaar is expected to play, despite the likeliness of his departure from the club soon.
Kick-off is at 2:05pm and will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.