Liverpool vs. Everton: Merseyside derby takes on new flavor with Reds struggling, Blues hoping for revival
One of the most historic derbies in the Premier League, the Merseyside derby was a time for Liverpool assert their superiority over rivals Everton. But this season, things seem a little different. While Everton are still struggling, currently in the relegation zone and two points away from safety, Liverpool have also taken a significant step back in their seventh season under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last four matches, with Everton taking a landmark victory over Arsenal, breathing new life into their survival campaign. With new manager Sean Dyche in charge, it won’t be a Merseyside derby where the Toffees are flipping without winning a game since February 2021. There have been quite a few changes at both sides since then, but a positive vibe is around Everton as they look to use a new manager to get out of the relegation zone.
After losing 3-0 to Liverpool. Wolverhampton The last time is a match that comes at a difficult time for Klopp. Team recovering but playing with Newcastle United And real Madrid also emerge. Klopp can’t get past a derby even when Everton are in the relegation zone, but you can’t blame him for that given the scale of these games. It will make relations at Anfield strained when Dyche’s Everton find it hard to break again.
“There’s been a lot of details this week, a lot of plans this week, but the players are in the know,” Dyche said in his pre-match press conference. “We have to go again and that will be the constant mentality for the rest of the season.”
He is the man who won’t let his team get bogged down in one good outcome when they need a chain of them to get back to the safety zone. Attention to detail ensures that Everton can keep Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunes off balance by continuing to punish Liverpool for set pieces. It is no coincidence that the first goal under Dyche was Dwight McNeil cross for James Tarkowski’s header, something the team will try to replicate.
If things go well, Liverpool have the talent to beat Everton. But things haven’t been going well for the Reds since December, when the club went unbeaten in seven consecutive games in all competitions. Klopp’s place hasn’t gotten too hot yet, but it’s a game where it could start given that even with what he’s earned by taking the club to new heights, a season without trophies and without a top four finish could be too much for Liverpool seem to be in transition to the stomach.
This is a derby where the winning club can be on the right track and the loser will deepen their spiral, proving that this Merseyside derby is different from what it has been in years past.
How to watch and odds
- date: Monday, February 13 | Time: 15:00 ET
- Location: Anfield – Liverpool, England
- TV: USA | Live Stream: fuboTV (Watch free)
- Chances: Liverpool -170; Draw +305; Everton +150 (via Caesars Sportsbook)