Liverpool go into Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season in the Premier League.
The Reds are doing all they can to keep pace with Manchester City and they face a tough test this weekend against their local rivals.
We’ve taken a look at some of the major talking points ahead of the game at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league and have made their best ever start to a Premier League season. The Reds have built their success on their defensive prowess; conceding just five goals in their 13 league games this season.
At home, Jurgen Klopp’s men have only conceded once in six games, and have won five of those six clashes, the only dropped points coming against Manchester City, with whom the Reds drew 0-0.
Everton’s form on the road hasn’t been the best. The Blues have won just once on the road, a 2-1 win over Leicester City, although they did play well in their last away game as they held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.
Like Liverpool, the Blues come into the game having not conceded a goal in their last two league games.
The two sides met twice in the league last season, with both games ending up as draws. At Anfield, Mohamed Salah’s wonderful strike was cancelled out by a Wayne Rooney penalty, whilst at Goodison, the two teams played out a stalemate in a game where Liverpool made numerous changes due to their Champions League commitments.
There was a third game played between the two clubs, however, as the Reds knocked Everton out of the FA Cup thanks to a debut goal from Virgil van Dijk.
Jurgen Klopp has never lost against Everton since taking over as Liverpool manager, in fact, the Reds haven’t lost a Merseyside derby since 2010 and you have to go as far back as September 1999 to find the last time the Blues won at Anfield.
As expected, Liverpool will go into the game as heavy favourites, such has been their dominance not only in this fixture but also in terms of their start to the season so far.
Mohamed Salah, after somewhat of a dry spell, is back in goalscoring form and his record at Anfield is outstanding. He’s scored in five on Liverpool’s six home games in the league this season and he’d be a wise selection for a possible first goalscorer in the game for anyone looking at placing a wager on any of the best sports betting sites.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored at Anfield in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat and as Everton’s set-piece taker, he could be a good option for anyone wishing to back an Everton goalscorer in the game.
Liverpool, fitness providing, will likely make two changes to the team who defeated Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road with Joe Gomez and James Milner replacing Dejan Lovren and the suspended Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Everton are likely to name an unchanged side from the team who defeated Cardiff City 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison
Liverpool have dominated this fixture in recent years and whilst the game is likely to be tight, we think the Reds will edge it 2-1.