While it might be comforting to resort to previous cliches about derby day – “the form book goes out the window”, “you’ve just got to want it more”, “literally anything can happen” – Everton followers have few causes for optimism forward of their journey to Anfield this afternoon.
The distinction between the Merseyside golf equipment this season couldn’t be starker. While Liverpool come into this recreation second within the Premier League and pushing arduous to overtake Manchester City on the prime of the desk, Everton are destined to drop into the relegation zone if Burnley safe even some extent in opposition to Wolves.
Despite getting their first league victory at Anfield in 22 years below Carlo Ancelotti final season, the Toffees have nonetheless solely gained one out of their final 25 matches in opposition to Liverpool in all competitions. They misplaced the reverse fixture 4-1 at Goodison Park in December, simply six video games earlier than Rafael Benitez’s tenure got here to a forlorn finish.
All advised, it might be an upset if Everton get a draw as we speak let alone a win. Frank Lampard conceded earlier this week that he would fortunately take some extent from the match which, relying on perspective, was both a pointless PR blunder or a welcome dose of realism.
“It is a team that has just put four past Manchester United. You have to respect them as a team, it is an incredible team,” he added.
“I have played Liverpool, managed against Liverpool a few times, and it is always daunting in terms of you respect the level of player and manager they have.”
Jurgen Klopp, in the meantime, has admitted that he and his gamers are relishing their ongoing chase of the fabled quadruple. “It is a situation we didn’t expect to be in and we’ve never been in this situation,” he stated. “It’s extremely robust, we play just about on a regular basis.
“In these moments all of us love what we do while you win a recreation, while you win such an necessary recreation [against Manchester United] and also you win within the method we gained the sport and all these type of issues.
“But it is true, we love the scenario we’re in. You can not plan it that you’re nonetheless in and round every little thing. What we all know [is] there’s nothing actually achieved to this point but, or it isn’t so much. We gained one competitors – that is nice – however there are three others to go, and the subsequent one is an important Premier League recreation.
“Yes, the boys are in a good moment. I like to say in these moments we were in a good moment, because we have to prove it, unfortunately, again on Sunday. But so far it is good and, yes, we are looking forward to everything that is coming up.”