Everton’s bright start to the season has faded in quite alarming fashion in recent weeks. The Toffees have slid down to 14th place in the table and their winless run was extended to seven Premier League matches over the weekend as they went down 1-0 to Brentford thanks to a first-half Ivan Toney penalty.
Manager Rafa Benitez was always going to take some time to win over the Goodison Park faithful given his Liverpool connections in the past and now there’s a feeling that this might be the only Merseyside Derby he is involved with as manager of Everton as he’s currently odds-on with some bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job after the team’s loss of form of late.
And things don’t get any easier as his former club make the short, but often sweet trip across Stanley Park on Wednesday night. The Reds have had the better of their fellow Merseysiders in recent years, with Everton’s shock 0-2 win at Anfield back in February being the only one that they’ve managed in the last 24 meetings between the two sides.
Not only do the Reds have a fine record in this competition, but they’re also in terrific form right now. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won their last three games in all competitions, beating Arsenal, Porto and Southampton and scoring ten times in the process without conceding a goal, so they’ll come into the derby fully expectant of taking all three points.
Everton vs Liverpool: Match Stats
Everton were without Richarlison for the trip to Brentford on Sunday as he was serving a suspension after picking up five yellow cards in the Premier League this season. Only Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis has been shown more yellow cards this term and in the heated atmosphere of a Merseyside derby, we expect the Brazilian to find himself in trouble with the officials again on Wednesday night.
Liverpool have been imperious at the back since the return from the international break, keeping three consecutive clean sheets. Everton meanwhile look toothless without the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin and have failed to score in any of their last three matches against Brentford, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
20 February 2021 – Liverpool 0-2 Everton – Premier League
17 October 2020 – Everton 2-2 Liverpool – Premier League
21 June 2020 – Everton 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League
05 January 2020 – Liverpool 1-0 Everton – FA Cup
04 December 2019 – Liverpool 5-2 Everton – Premier League
03 March 2019 – Everton 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League
Everton shocked their old rivals back in the last meeting between these two sides, by winning at Anfield for the first time since September 1999. The Toffees had failed to win any of their last 23 meetings with Liverpool prior to that 0-2 victory behind closed doors back in February.