The Big Match Tactical View: Everton v Liverpool


City kept up the pressure on the Premier League leaders as they claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zabaleta's current side West Ham on Wednesday.

Everton themselves got a much needed midweek win at Cardiff where 3-0 winners, that was on the back of three successive defeats, two of which were at home against Man City and Wolves.

Sunday's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park is a match all the players want to be involved in and as the title race ticks down each game will become more important.

Klopp has been talking a big game ahead of the derby saying that it will "be like a Cup Final" for Everton.

Marco Silva was asked about the comments today, and he could not help firing back at the German manager.

The reverse of this fixture was dramatic enough, with Divock Origi bundling in a weird last gasp victor, but the pressure is arguably as great - if not greater - this time around.

Klopp famously ran on the pitch and celebrated with Alisson Becker, and Silva responded by saying Liverpool celebrated their "lucky" victor like it was a World Cup final.

The Ukrainian said: "That is what he said before the game, we had to show in the beginning of the game the desire to win the game, to win the Premier League".

"I didn't see it [the backheel] yet", Klopp said.

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"If we can perform at the level we did last December, it will be very good".

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will both be unavailable for selection as they continue their recoveries from injury.

Everton are also shocking from dead ball situations and lead the league with the amount of goals conceded from them (13).

With the SheBelieves Cup now ongoing in the United States, all eyes on these shores are focused on how England handle themselves less than 100 days away from the start of the Women's World Cup.

"But what gave me the comfort to move is what we put in place there was going to stabilise the club going forward. we left the club in a very good position".

Speaking to his post-match media conference at Anfield after Wednesday night's 5-0 win, Klopp explained why he didn't start Alexander-Arnold at Old Trafford.

"It's a complete different scenario from a year ago. we were a bit more comfortable towards this point of the season".

"Derbies are normally a really tough match".

"The attacking players are usually in the running because they take all the goals and the headlines but this season Virgil has been fantastic and he's getting all the plaudits that he deserves", Robertson said.