Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool halted a three game losing streak on Tuesday night when they posted a 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in Budapest.
Finally showing some form, the Reds will be desperate to show that they have turned the corner form wise and put an end to their woes.
Liverpool have avoided defeat in 23 games with Everton
When the two sides met last October, the Reds lost two key players to injury when Thiago and Virgil van Dijk were badly hurt by Richarlison and Jordan Pickford, respectively.
Van Dijk in particular wounded the club badly as the knee ligament injury the Holland captain suffered that day ruled him out for most of the season.
Throw in the lack of reprimand for Pickford’s wild tackle and the last minute ruling out of what looked like a perfectly fine Jordan Henderson winner and you can see why Liverpool have been moody ever since.
Tuesday night’s win then was very welcome indeed, although recent victories over Spurs and West Ham didn’t prove to be the turning point after all so any backing of the Reds must be done with caution.
Everton haven’t beaten local rivals in 10 years
As for the visitors, Everton have been inconsistent recently but still find themselves just one place below their local rivals in the Premier League table.
The Toffees have lost two of their last three Premier League matches and have suffered three straight defeats at home.
Carlo Ancelotti will be pleased then to be back on the road, even if it is only for the tiny drive down Walton to Anfield.
Everton are unbeaten in seven away days and know that by beating Liverpool they would go level with the reigning champions.
Which makes for a fascinating encounter.
When? Saturday 20/02/2021 @ 17:30
Watch? Sky Sports
Liverpool Team News
Fabinho will not be available for the 17.30 kick off, meaning loan signing Ozan Kabak looks set to start his first match at Anfield against Everton, likely lining up alongside Jordan Henderson in central defence.
Ben Davies, James Milner and Diogo Jota have all also been ruled out by Jurgen Klopp who has said that Naby Keita has the chance to play some part in the match, following his recovery from an ankle injury.
Everton Team News
Defender Yerry Mina suffered a calf problem against Manchester City on Wednesday and looks set to miss around a month’s worth of football.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s Achilles issues will once again keep him from selection.
But Carlo Ancelotti will be cheered to be able to call on England forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin once again, after the England forward missed the Toffee’s last two games with a hamstring injury.
Brazil midfielder Allan could well make his return also.