Can Everton Surprise Everyone and Secure a Win in Their Match Against Liverpool?
Everton hasn’t been in their best form this season, this is even after employing the services of the former Chelsea skipper, Frank Lampard. They’ve managed to secure just two wins in their last five matches, losing three. Come the 24th of April, the Toffees will be making a trip to Anfield, seeking to claim their second win at Anfield since 1999 last season.
Last season, strikes from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Everton the long-awaited win at Anfield after more than two decades.
Historically, Liverpool has had the upper hand over their blue counterparts and has enjoyed more success – boasting six European Cups/Champions Leagues to Everton’s zero. The Reds won 19 league titles to the Blues’ nine. Quite an impressive feat!
Currently, Everton sits in the 17th position, four points away from relegation. At the same time, Liverpool is second on the table, just one point away from the league leader, Manchester City. Ordinarily, the chances of Everton leaving Anfield with a draw are negligible, but as you already know, if there is one thing football promises, it is to be full of surprises. Given this, we will look at the chances of Everton delivering a shocking performance at Anfield. To make the most of any bet you may choose to place on this upcoming match, you may want to check out Superlenny.com for a list of the best offers available from UK casinos.
Liverpool has been impressive in the season, competing excellently locally and in Europe. The last time these two teams met, at Goodison Park, Liverpool secured all three points scoring four goals. Since the previous match at Goodison Park, Everton has only managed to secure four wins in 16 games, losing 11 in the process. Liverpool, on the other hand, has lost only a match in the process.
Going by these stats, we are backing Liverpool to secure the three points when Everton comes visiting, and even a clean sheet. However, one thing is very sure; it will be a challenging and intense match. For one, Everton is just a few points from relegation, and with just seven games from the end of the season, Everton will fight tooth and nail to avoid relegation.
That was evident in their last match against Manchester United. Before their match, Everton had lost three consecutive games. Although, Manchester United has not been that impressive this season. In fact, some analysts predicted the win. However, Everton was coordinated, especially in the defense, and could have scored more goals if Richarlison and the likes were more clinical. But again, have you seen the state of them lately?
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team is arguably the best in England. Maybe second to Manchester City. The last match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, between these two is, without doubt, the best game so far in the season. The Reds came from behind twice to grab a point at the Etihad, thanks to Diogo Jota’s goals and Sadio Mane. The match was quality football from the first minute to the last minute.
Little wonder these two teams have at least a 10-point gap from the next on the table. Man to man, Liverpool players will outclass Everton players. With the arrival of new signings in the last transfer window, Klopp has many options to choose from.
After beating Benfica 6-4 on aggregate, Liverpool is in the semifinal of the champions league, and they are one of the favorites to become champions of Europe.
They will be hosting Villareal at Anfield two days after the match against Everton. So, if the game against Everton is not postponed, Jurgen Klopp might be forced to make some rotations in his starting eleven against his local rival. Regardless of the rotations, Liverpool will most likely come out on top.
Liverpool is just a point shy of the league leader, Manchester City. The league is still very open. Losing points, even a draw, at the local derby, will give City the needed points to secure the league. The two teams have something to fight for, and neither can afford to lose points at this crucial stage.
How have the two managers fared against each other?
Since Klopp became the manager in October 2015, he’s only lost once against Everton. For context, the two teams have met 14 times, with Klopp grabbing eight wins and five draws in the process. Additionally, since the Reds appointed Klopp as manager, Everton has kicked out 11 managers, they are currently on their 12th. That’s a whole lot! Since the former Chelsea skipper and coach became the coach of Everton, this is the first derby. Frank Lampard’s record against Jurgen Klopp has not been promising. The two coaches have met five times, with Everton’s manager losing four times and managing one win against Klopp.
In the Premier League, he has lost all three of his games as a manager against Jurgen Klopp, including a memorable 5-3 battle at Anfield in July 2020 where the two bosses engaged in a tense verbal spat on the sidelines.
At Everton, Lampard has grabbed five wins in the 13 matches he’s been in charge, loosing eight in the process. Going by the destabilizing hire and fire culture of Everton owner, Farhad Mosiri, and the fact that Everton is still in the relegation zone, Lampard might be running out of favor if he loses this match at Anfield.
Although, Jurgen Klopp seems to be the favorite to come out of the derby on top, Frank Lampard will fight tooth and nail not to leave Anfield emptyhanded.
Injury and suspension
Everton has some of their key players, including Yerry Mina, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson, among others, out due to injury and suspension that will not be back for the Merseyside derby on the 24th of April. Liverpool, on the contrary, has no injury or suspension worries. Their key players are fit and ready to compete.
Finally, although all odds favor The Reds, football has taught us never to say never. With both teams having something at stake, the match will be worth every second of your time.