Match to be played on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 12:45. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.
Liverpool will be looking to go top of the table for a couple of hours at least by taking victory in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park.
They went into the international break after thumping Fulham 4-0 at Anfield and although the trip across Stanley Park promises to be a sterner test for the Reds, but boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for a similar kind of result from Saturday lunchtime’s game.
Here is the side he may send out to do the job.
GK - Simon Mignolet
He’s had a very good start to life at Anfield but if there is one weakness Everton are going to target it will be how he deals with crosses, especially with the big presence of Romelu Lukaku in the area. Nevertheless, he seems to come up with at least one very fine save in a game.
RB - Glen Johnson
Brendan Rodgers repeatedly states that Johnson is a player that you notice when he’s not there. Expect his battle with Leighton Baines on that flank to be one of the key talking points in this match.
CB - Martin Skrtel
The Slovakian has been in fine form so far this season and is bound to be one of the first names on the team sheet – provided he doesn’t pick up an injury in the meantime.
CB - Daniel Agger
Having just got his place back in the Liverpool side it is unlikely he will be dropped after the clean sheet in the 4-0 win over Fulham last time out where he put in a very solid performance. Expect him to be target by Romelu Lukaku this weekend who gave him an awful time of it when he was West Brom last season. It will be interesting to see if the Dane has learnt from those two games.
LB - Aly Cissokho
Jose Enrique looks set to miss out by having further treatment on a knee problem so it looks as though Cissokho will be handed his first taste of the Merseyside derby. Cissokho looked quite comfortable in the orthodox left-back role in the 4-0 win against Fulham after looking a little shaky in the wing-back role in the games prior to that.
DM - Lucas Leiva
Lucas is likely to be the man responsible for whichever one of the Everton midfielders drops into the space between the lines. Another player who you doesn’t really get the credit unless he isn’t there. His first time ball out from the back can launch counter-attacks and he is going to be pivotal when it comes to breaking up the play.
CM - Jordan Henderson
A lot is said about Henderson’s versatility so expect a lot of pressing from the 23-year-old, and for him to help out Glen Johnson in doubling up on Leighton Baines. There may be times when he’ll be required to tuck inside to help out Lucas and Gerrard in the middle of the park.
CM - Steven Gerrard
He played for an hour for England and didn’t show any obvious signs of that hip problem affecting him so the Liverpool skipper should be fine for this game. There have been a few occasions when he has been a nightmare for the Blues, and if he continues his good form when it comes to set-pieces he could be a nightmare for them yet again.
AM - Philippe Coutinho
Expect him to see a lot of the ball on the left side of the field and then come inside to support the front two. He is very good with the ball at his feet and could have the key to unlock the Everton defence if the game becomes tight.
ST - Luis Suarez
Despite the trip to Jordan, then Uruguay and then back to Merseyside, Luis Suarez is more than likely to start. Depending on if the travelling has affected him, expect him to be a constant threat, with many expecting him to keep up his very good scoring record this season.
ST - Daniel Sturridge
He played 90 minutes for England against Germany so he should be ok for Saturday after struggling with a foot injury. He is top of the Premier League scoring charts along with Suarez and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, but hasn’t scored in his last two league outings. He will be eager to get amongst the goals, here.