Liverpool v Everton - Match Preview

Last updated : 28 January 2014 By Kurt Ellis

So how do we beat them?

I waited as long as possible before writing this preview with the hope that I would be able to discuss a new defensive midfielder and a full back that could make our starting eleven in this Merseyside derby. Alas…

Part me understands and agrees with Ian Ayre when he says Liverpool will not be held to ransom by other clubs demanding exorbitant transfer fees for players. The problem is, being principled does not get you into the Champions League. When every team around you is strengthening and your team is being weakened by a long injury list, then there is a concern.

We welcome our brothers from across Stanley Park to Anfield this evening and I foresee an exciting match, like all matches are between the Reds and Toffees. If I recall correctly, there was some meaty challenges in our last 3-3 encounter at Goodison Park, and I would keep an eye on this. In particular Gerrard v Osman and Suarez v Miralles. Let’s hope our players do not do anything foolish that sees our team reduced. Everton have got injury concerns of their own, with Barkley, Pienaar and Distin amongst that players said to be out.

Our centre back pairing picks itself in terms of who is fit and available. I would make changes at fullback though, and start with Kelly and Flanagan on either side. Not the most skilful and experiencing players, but they make up for that in the sheer fact that they are Scousers. For this match, a Scouser in your team is always going to give you 150%. I would play Henderson in the deeper role instead of Gerrard. He has better legs and I think Gerrard influences the match better playing higher in the pitch. I would put Coutinho on the left and Sterling on the right. Sterling’s presence would hopefully be enough to give Leighton Baines second thoughts about pushing forward because the little wingers pace behind could damage the Toffees. Of course, I don’t believe I need to mention our front two.

My prediction for this game…a hard prayed for win.

And our competitors…

Cardiff visit Old Trafford, and I am disgusted to say Man United should win that one comfortably. Thank you for that, Special One. Southampton host Arsenal, and I would have given the Saints a sniff in this match, but when players are assaulting each other on the training pitch, it will affect the performance of the team. For this reason, Arsenal should collect the three points. Chelsea host West Ham (and Mohamed Salah) at Stamford Bench, and should keep the three points in the London derby and lastly, Spurs host City. I see this match ending a draw. Spurs and Adebayor have found some edge under Sherwood, and it may be enough edge to shave a point off the Citizens.

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