Everton vs Liverpool, Premier League preview

Liverpool will take on their arch-rivals at Goodison Park tomorrow fresh from their shock win over Manchester City. There has been a lot of talk about the dawn of a new and ambitious Everton, but ambition is about more than throwing countless millions at expensive signings.

"That shows how we mastered a really good side".

Idrissa Gueye is doubtful for Everton after missing last week's defeat by Manchester City with a muscle tear.

The Toffees appear to be in a holding pattern, Sam Allardyce having done enough to steer them away from disaster but not almost enough to win over hearts and minds. But first there's the small matter of playing Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Eliaquim Mangala and Gylfi Sigurdsson won't be featuring for Everton. Idrissa Gueye is another big name player on the treatment table, with the Senegalese global doubtful due to a hamstring problem.

Elsewhere, Ashley Williams returns from suspension, but will in all likelihood have to content himself with a place on the bench. Having provided some much-needed determination into the team last weekend when he replaced Wayne Rooney for the last 35 minutes, he was a major reason the Toffees enjoyed a better second half compared to their first.

Since he took charge at Goodison, Everton have played 18 league games, winning seven, drawing four and losing seven.

Sam Allardyce joked about Jurgen Klopp being more popular than he is after holding a quieter press conference this afternoon ahead of Everton's Merseyside derby with Liverpool.

Liverpool: Mohamed Salah surely won't be risked here after he hobbled out of the game against City with a groin problem.

Klopp was unusually tight lipped about his team selection plans and the status of Liverpool's injuries.

In midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum should return to the lineup, partnering Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

That means Klopp faces the prospect of breaking up his fearsome front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who between them have scored 77 of Liverpool's 116 goals in all competitions this season.

The German manager has been traditionally successful against the Toffees, overseeing four victories and one draw in the meetings between the two sides in all competitions.

Allardyce must also decide whether to keep faith with both Yannick Bolasie and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, or sacrifice at least one in favour of more solidity. A home win seems like an unlikely outcome, but Liverpool will find it hard to replicate the standards they displayed last Wednesday in this fixture.

Time to set things right. Manchester United have won 668 and Everton 598.

Merseyside derbies often turn out to be a fiery affair and this shouldn't be any different, thereby ensuring another close contest between Everton and Liverpool.

The former Southampton man is likely to shoulder plenty of the attacking burden for Jurgen Klopp's men, with Republic of Ireland star Coleman being in his eye line.

  • Julie Sanders