Liverpool host Everton in the FA Cup third round on Sunday in Carlo Ancelotti’s first Merseyside derby in charge of the Toffees.
The Italian arrived at Goodison Park just before Christmas and has so far overseen two wins and a close defeat to Manchester City during his three games in charge.
Ancelotti has won seven of his 12 meetings with Liverpool as a manager but knows that if he’s to continue that impressive record, his Everton side will have to be at their absolute best. Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost just one of their last 25 games across all competitions, against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup with a depleted squad.
Can “Carletto” halt the Reds or will Liverpool once again crush their neighbours? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Liverpool vs Everton and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Cup
Date: Sunday, 05 January 2020
Kick-off: 4:01 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): UK viewers can watch Liverpool vs Everton on BBC 1 and BBC 1 HD with coverage starting at 3:30 PM (UK time). Alternatively, the game can be streamed via the BBC iPlayer service, while highlights will be available on the BBC Sport website.
Last five meetings: Liverpool vs Everton
04 Dec 2019: Liverpool 5-2 Everton (Premier League)
03 Mar 2019: Everton 0-0 Liverpool (Premier League)
02 Dec 2018: Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Premier League)
07 Apr 2018: Everton 0-0 Liverpool (Premier League)
05 Jan 2018: Liverpool 2-1 Everton (FA Cup)
Aggregate Score: Liverpool (WDWDW) 8-3 Everton (LDLDL)
Ones to watch
Liverpool: Takumi Minamino
Virgil van Dijk, who arrived in January 2018, scored a winner on his debut in an FA Cup third-round game against Everton. Japanese forward Takumi Minamino, signed for under £10m from RB Salzburg, now has the chance to do the same.
On whether he will start his new signing, Klopp said: “Takumi is here and had three sessions with the team now, that’s not so much. But it’s football still.
“He had kind of time off when Salzburg went into the winter break, he had time off and we were not allowed to bring him here to train with us in that time. He was back in Japan, which was nice as well. He came here in a good shape. So, let’s see.”
Even if he starts the game on the bench, expect a camera or two to be pointed his way.
Key stat: No player managed more open-play assists in the Champions League group stage than Minamino (3).
Everton: Moise Kean
It’s not been plain sailing for Moise Kean since he joined Everton, with the Italian youngster still yet to open his goalscoring account for the Blues.
However, and especially since Ancelotti’s arrival, the signs have been positive, with Kean putting in some exciting performances — he’s beginning to look like a player just in need of some luck.
In last month’s Merseyside derby, the 19-year-old missed a golden chance to get Everton back in the game, being put off by an unsporting shout by Van Dijk. He’ll be out to make sure that doesn’t happen again this time around.
Key stat: Moise Kean ranks second at Everton for shots on target per 90 minutes (0.98) and dribbles completed per 90 minutes (2.56) in the Premier League.
Team news and confirmed line-ups:
Klopp said Liverpool will have “fresh legs” in this line-up, and he wasn’t joking.
The Reds have made a host of changes to their starting XI, with Minamino making his debut as expected, while the likes of Neco Williams, Adrian, Nathaniel Phillips and Harvey Elliott come into an almost unrecognisable line-up.
Liverpool XI: Adrian; Williams, Phillips, Gomez, Milner; Chirivella, Lallana, Jones; Elliot, Origi, Minamino
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Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are long-term absentees, while Alex Iwobi is still recovering from an ankle injury. Otherwise, Ancelotti has a fully fit squad to pick from.
Ancelotti has named a very strong XI and will see this as a great chance to seal a long-awaited Anfield win for the Toffees.
Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Sidibe, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Given their recent schedule and desire to finally win the Premier League, you’d usually forgive Liverpool for taking their eye off the ball in an FA Cup third-round match. However, the Reds always seem to raise it for Merseyside derbies.
Everton haven’t won at Anfield since 1999 and haven’t beaten Liverpool at all since October 2010. Whether they’re facing a full-strength side or a heavily rotated XI, the Toffees just can’t seem to break that mental barrier when facing their closest rivals. Even with Ancelotti at the helm, it’s hard to see that changing here.