|The Merseyside derby promises to entertain and kickstart the weekend on a great note. Who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
It’s not Rolls Royce for Liverpool at this stage but they will welcome the derby, the atmosphere and the energy as they try to oil their engines for the race that looks like it will be a long one in the premier league this season.
The Kops left it late and must be grateful to the referee that gave more time than normal for them to score the winner against Newcastle in midweek; Newcastle took the game to them, defended deep and countered when it mattered, Everton could learn a thing or two from that game.
The Toffees have been poor this season; Frank Lampard’s side sits just above Leicester City in the relegation zone and will need the Merseyside derby to get the fans believing again but if that would happen, they must up their game.
Anthony Gordon is the shining light at Goodison Park, he has scored their last two goals and looks like the only one that understands the assignment; he couldn’t get the move away to Chelsea but you must ask if he’s worth the numbers flying over his head.
Liverpool sit seven odd points off the top of the log and a win on Saturday against Everton won’t be the biggest achievement but a statement in the right direction; Everton can also change narratives and surge up on the log even with a point but they will need surrounding teams to fail too.
How will Everton line up? New signing Neal Maupay will be in the starting line up according to Lampard and that means a recognized center forward will lead the line in the continued absence of Dominic Calvert Lewin.
Liverpool can welcome back Darwin Nunez after the Uruguayan served his three-match ban and with Roberto Firminho firing on all cylinders, Klopp might have to go with the same line up that has managed to grind out results in the last two games.
Liverpool need to make a statement and the hosts must respond to their league position too, it’s a special way to kickstart the weekend. It will be a great game for the neutrals.