Beat the bookies with Aldo - Liverpool v Everton

Liverpool will be without the services of two midfielders in Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

Everton, thumped 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield last season and beaten 1-0 by their neighbours at Goodison Park in December, have failed to win at their bitter rivals since 1999. "But I do not know if it is enough for three points because that depends on a lot of circumstances in the game". I just wonder if it can be done in a derby match though - I expect both sides concentration and application to be top-notch here, and if that's the case I think Liverpool will probably win.

He told reporters: "I am not skilled in many parts of life but maybe I am a genius in understanding derbies because I didn't need a second to understand this". He will need to prove to potential buyers that he can perform in the big games and there is no bigger game for Everton than their City rivals. Do not make stupid fouls and control your reactions.

"I believe that yes [four points would see Everton challenge for the top four]", said Koeman.

"Adam Lallana has also been ruled out with the thigh injury he suffered on worldwide duty for England while Sturridge, who was pictured back in training this week, is only still working with the fitness coaches following a hip injury and is not in contention".

The Everton boss, meanwhile, has been forced to plan for life without Seamus Coleman, who suffered a season-ending injury while on global duty for the Republic of Ireland.

Yet, manager Ronald Koeman is confident his team will do well today. "But we are Liverpool, we play at Anfield and nobody should underestimate the power of Anfield".

"Obviously I was not happy (with the injury)".

"In my opinion the Ireland manager in this instance was not protecting the player".

"It doesn't help in these situations but we are not the only team or country who suffered".

"Of course (plans are) always affected, because in one week we lost three players who normally start".

Kick-off is at 12.30pm on Saturday 1 April.

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Everton's ability to both find the net and prevent the opposition from scoring have been key components in their recent run of impressive Premier League form, defender Leighton Baines has said.

  • Julie Sanders