Koeman should give these 3 Everton players a chance against Liverpool

Guy Mowbray: "Does form go out of the window for derbies?".

The England global was back on the grass pitches at Melwood earlier this week after overcoming a hip injury - which immediately followed a virus - meaning he hasn't featured since the defeat to Hull City on February 4.

Tottenham Hotspur, 10 points behind Antonio Conte's side in second place, have not given up the chase but three points at a Burnley side who have won nine of 14 at Turf Moor will be paramount if they are to maintain their lingering hopes.

Teams are no longer looking at the Blues and thinking it will be an easy game.

Koeman hit back on twitter, saying: "James McCarthy began his pre-season three and a half weeks after Ireland were knocked out of the Euros". Rather, it is the options down back that have caused the biggest headaches for Klopp.

"Lallana has been Liverpool's best player this season", Redknapp told Sky Sports. He is the type of forward that has everything in his locker.

Everton have lost just once in the Premier League in 2017, and they are starting to catch Liverpool.

Lallana is expected to be out for a month, having suffered the injury during the closing stages of England's 2-0 victory over Lithuania at Wembley last Sunday. Morgan Schneiderlin is also a doubt, but will probably be fit enough to play.

Seamus Coleman will not be featuring due to a horrific injury he picked up representing the Republic of Ireland over the worldwide period.

"Everton have won only one of the past 20 league derbies and their record plus their performances at Liverpool suggests a mental barrier as much as a quality issue".

Liverpool face local rivals Everton at Anfield on Saturday in a highly anticipated clash.

Liverpool's form going into the worldwide break was encouraging; home wins over Arsenal and Burnley were followed by a draw at Manchester City, and they will start favourites against Everton, who have not won at Anfield since September 1999.

This is a tough game to call.

"I think Liverpool have a little bit of a shine over Everton, certainly in the last few years anyway, you're playing really well", explained Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.

Romelu Lukaku has accounted for 21 of Everton's 51 Premier League goals this season.

  • Julie Sanders