The Merseyside derby will always be a mouth-watering tie as the city of Liverpool is divided into Red and Blue. While Everton languish in mid-table, their fierce rivals are on a high after winning back-to-back games, not to mention that dramatic win in the Europa League.
The Merseyside derby is always an exciting occasion. No matter the team’s position in the table, all form goes out of the window for this rather special fixture.
Six out of the last seven meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, the latest coming back in October. Liverpool were the last winners of this fixture in 2014, while you have to go back to the 2010/2011 season for an Everton victory.
However, the Reds are certainly in the ascendency after winning consecutive Premier League ties, scoring six goals in the process.
On the contrary, Everton have not won in the English top-flight in six attempts which has seen them plummet down the table.
The Toffees’ home form has been particularly bad this season. They have lost eight games at Goodison Park already which has caused huge dissatisfaction amongst their fans.
Their away form has been better though, losing only twice on the road. They will hope to give their fans a boost Wednesday evening in a rather disappointing season.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is still without his captain Jordan Henderson. The English midfielder is unlikely to play before the end of the season.
Emre Can is another casualty from Liverpool’s Europa League campaign. The versatile German landed awkwardly on his ankle last week and won’t play for the Reds until next season.
Long-term absentees Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are also joined by Kolo Toure, who looks set to miss this midweek fixture after picking up a knock.
Everton will assess the fitness of both Leighton Baines and Aaron Lennon before this tie, both players are slight injury doubts ahead of the derby.
Defenders Seamus Coleman and Phil Jagielka also look set to miss out with hamstring injuries, which will come as a big blow for the Toffees.
League Positions: Liverpool – 8th (51 pts); Everton– 11th (41 pts)
Form: Liverpool – WWLDWW; Everton – LLLDDD
Previous Meeting: Everton 1-1 Liverpool – October, 2015; Premier League
Key Players: Liverpool – Divock Origi; Everton – Romelu Lukaku
Shoot Says: Liverpool 3-1 Everton