Liverpool can take a step closer to their first league title in 30 years when they face rivals Everton this weekend.
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Everton vs Liverpool kick-off time and details
- Competition: Premier League
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
- Kick-off: 7:00 PM (UK time)
Where to watch Everton vs Liverpool on TV
- TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One
- TV coverage (US): NBC
Everton vs Liverpool pre-match information
The Reds have been on another level to the rest of the Premier League this season and currently sit 22 points clear at the top of the table with nine games remaining. Jurgen Klopp’s men are now just two wins away from the title and nothing could be sweeter for the Reds than getting one of them against Everton.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are still in with a minor chance of securing Europa League football for next season. They are in 12th but only seven points behind sixth-placed Sheffield United. The Blades have the final guaranteed European spot, as things stand, although that may change because the FA Cup is still yet to be played out and Manchester City await the outcome of their Champions League ban appeal.
It would be a positive finish for Everton in a season that has largely been underwhelming and resulted in the dismissal of Marco Silva earlier in the campaign. Can they take a step closer to Europe? Or will Liverpool move to within three points of the Premier League title?
Everton & Liverpool’s previous line-ups:
- Everton (vs Chelsea): Pickford; Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne; Bernard, Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
- Liverpool (vs Atletico Madrid): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Neither side have any fresh injury concerns and are expected to field full-strength XIs for the Merseyside Derby, with Liverpool able to call upon Alisson once more.
Players to watch:
Everton: All eyes will be on Richarlison this weekend and, in particular, how he fares against Virgil van Dijk. Not content with having a calm build-up to a game that needs very little invitation to ignite, Richarlison has put pressure on himself to perform by rejecting the notion that Van Dijk is among the top three defenders in the world.
The case for such a claim is based largely on how his arrival turned around Liverpool’s defence, helping them win the 2019 Champions League and move to within touching distance of the Premier League. His quality was also noted by a second-placed finish for the Ballon d’Or, beaten only by Lionel Messi.
Richarlison believes there are better defenders and notes that he has dribbled past the Dutchman. When he did so is unclear and by Opta’s definition of ‘dribbled past’ (when a player fails to win the ball from a dribbling opponent after making a challenge) there is no record of such an event, but Richarlison nonetheless joked in an interview with Desimpedidos: “People talk a lot about him [Van Dijk]. Yes, he is a great defender, but I’ve already dribbled past him. He was chosen as one of the top three in the world as he had an excellent season, but yes, for me, there are better defenders.” Asked which defenders are better, Richarlison listed Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos. The pressure is on for the Brazilian to get past Van Dijk and add to his one goal in six games against Liverpool.
Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk. On the other side of the battle, Van Dijk will be keen to keep Richarlison quiet, not for his own ego, but to help Liverpool in their title quest. The Dutchman has indeed been the best centre-back in the Premier League as part of the division’s tightest defence, conceding just 21 goals in 29 games. Playing every minute of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign so far, Van Dijk has won 143 aerial duels, made 135 clearances and been dribbled past just six times, but never more than once in a single game. Last time out against Everton in the league, the Reds did concede twice in their 5-2 win, and they are without a clean sheet in three games. Van Dijk and Co. will want to correct that streak at Goodison Park.
Scoreline prediction: Everton 0-2 Liverpool
Premier League 2019/20 recent form:
- Liverpool: WWWLW
- Everton: WWLDL