Liverpool v Everton – FOAR Writers’ Predictions

MERSEYSIDE DERBY

Liverpool face one our biggest rivals Everton ahead of the infamous Merseyside Derby tomorrow. A clash of the Merseyside titans is set to offer a passionate contest for both teams who’ll be going gung-ho for the win, always providing a hum-dinger type affair.

Back at Anfield is always an advantage for us and Everton will have their work cut out to get the away win. This is the fixture both sets of fans want so desperately to be victorious in. Going into this game Everton are coming off the back of a decent run. Over the past five games they’ve only incurred one defeat and held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw preventing the Londoners scoring. They’re sitting sixth in the table and have greatly improved under new manager Mario Silva and sit only eleven points behind us.

Liverpool are still unbeaten this season and after the disappointing display in Paris during the week, they may just have a point to prove and without a doubt will be fired up for this game looking for nothing but a win tomorrow.

History suggests that we would be favourites with the home advantage as Everton haven’t beaten us at Anfield in nineteen years.

So without further ado let’s hear the FOAR writers predictions!

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The predictions                      

 LIAM WRAITH

The Merseyside derby is always a big game in the season and one that most ‘Reds’ look forward to. It’s been a favourable game for Liverpool over the years with a loss against our blue neighbours becoming a rarity. Silva has certainly improved the way Everton play and new signing Richarlison has been bang in form for Everton this season. We may have lost in Paris, but Everton is a completely different kettle of fish. We have the better over Everton with a better manager and a stronger side to boot. If Arnold can nullify Richarlison and VVD can nullify Sigurdsson we shouldn’t really struggle. Salah continues to score in the league, and the front three performed well away at Watford. Personally, I just can’t see a repeat of last year where both games ended up as draws. Whilst Everton have improved under Silva, I can’t see them troubling us too much and can only predict a win for Klopp and Liverpool. I believe Liverpool will win 2-0, Mo Salah and Mane to score the goals. Merseyside will stay Red.

@liamwraithlfc22

Even though we suffered a defeat mid-week Liam believes that this game will have little or no baring on this tie as a result. Everton will be a tough opposition as they have improved lately with their new manager and new signings but Liam believes that we’ve a far superior team all round, including the depth in our squad and manger and will overturn the Blue’s on the day going for a 2-0 win to us.

JASON BRANAGAN

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back after a dismal away performance in mid-week to PSG, and no better way to do it than to beat our nearest rivals Everton. Fabinho, will be restored to the starting line-up as, Jordan Henderson’s suspension kicks in this weekend. By no means will this be an easy game, but I’m confident we can come out triumphant in this game. I think Jürgen will make a few changes for this one. I’m hopeful he restores Joe Gomez to CB and Trent to RB. Klopp, will be looking for his team to give him a big response. Everton have been grinding out results of late. With 3 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss in their last five games, they sit in Sixth place in the League on 22 points. My prediction is a 3-1 win for Liverpool, Salah x 2, and Shaqiri. My team is Alisson, Robertson Van Dijk, Gomez, Arnold, Fabinho, Gini, Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino and Salah. 4-2-3-1. I just hope our manager goes with a similar team to this one. The 4-2-3-1 formation has served us well this season. YNWA.

@JasonBranagan79

So Jason thinks this game will be no easy task, especially after our poor display mid-week in Paris, but is still confident of a win. Jason suggested a few changes to the line-up to increase our chances and hopes Klopp will go with the 4-2-3-1 formation as it has bode us well in other games. He’s predicting a 3-1 win to the Red’s with Salah and Shaqiri on the scoresheet.

MATTHEW PURCHASE

It’s the game that defines Everton’s season, it has now been nineteen years since they last won at Anfield as per my recent article, and I don’t see them changing history this time around. LFC 3 Everton 0. My predicted line-up is: Alisson, TAA, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Wijnadum, Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

@kopitesaint91

Mathew believes that the history speaks for itself between these two teams and even though it’s a very important match for Everton in particular, past results will ultimately desirer the result tomorrow. Everton have struggled to over-turn Liverpool at Anfield in nineteen years and he can’t see that changing this time around either, and so is predicting a 3-0 win for the home side

CIEREN O’DEA

This is an incredibly important game for Liverpool, beyond the context of the Merseyside Derby. After the poor result, but more importantly, performance in Paris, it’s imperative that Liverpool bounce back with a win. Anything less would leave us limping into a hectic schedule on poor form. At times like these, points are the most important thing, so I would take a scrappy, or even undeserved win, even though it’s against Everton. Speaking of our bitter neighbours, they’ve come on in leaps and bounds this year, so a win is by no means a forgone conclusion. They have a good team, and an intelligent manager. Moreover, they’re playing well and the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson present a real threat to any side, regardless of form. Liverpool will have to be alert, because the Blues will be treating this as their cup final and will certainly smell blood in the water after Paris. Klopp has to return to the 4-2-3-1 system that had been serving him well in recent weeks, and hopefully, Xherdan Shaqiri will have a Merseyside Derby debut to remember. Let’s ruin their Christmas again with another win to send them packing.

@redordeadblog

So Cieren is seeing this Derby game as a really tough one this time round. Everton have improved no end with their new additions and a new manager, but more importantly he’s stating how vital a win is to us after the dismal mid-week display we must get back to winning ways. He’ll take a scrappy win any day over watching an outstanding match. He still thinks we can win and hopes to see Shaqiri in the line up and that Klopp must go with a 4-2-2-1 formation. A pattern is forming amount our writers. Cieren also hopes to ruin their Xmas. Now if it was any other team bar one I’d say too much Cieren, calm down, but nah! I’m with you on this one, and let’s get a win for the ‘Red’s.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT; 4 PREDICTIONS , 4 WINS!

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Always one of most anticipated fixtures during Liverpool’s season as it always offers a be a jam packed end-to-end exciting game full of passion for both players and fans and I can assure you that we’ll be well fired up for this tie. Last year this Merseyside derby at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw but I’m not expecting a similar result this time round. Even though it wont by any means be a walk in the park as Everton are never an easy feat but I’m sure we have the strength in the squad to over come them. I’m anticipating goals, and am going for a 3-0 win for the ‘Reds’, with Salah getting two and Shaqiri the other. Let’s hope we don’t concede any goals and can also increase our own goal tally, plus earning three points to keep the pressure on ‘Pep’ and his team.

Klopp’s choice of formation is always hard to predict but the 4-2-3-1 formation has proven to be successful lately against our opponent’s but he has changed this formation back to a 4-3-3 even during a game if he feels we need more protection at the back. I do feel he will start with 4-2-3-1 against Everton and I hope to see Shaqiri in the starting eleven as we’ve seen glimpses of how much he can offer by creating opportunities for our attackers with his sublime passing, and is also capable of banging home a few himself if he’s gets the opportunity. All-in-all we have a cracking match in store and hopefully a superb win for the ‘Reds’.

So there you have it folks, our FOAR writers predictions!

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Anneliza Walsh

I have a Twitter account called Annie's Anfield, so you can call me Annie.??

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