If Liverpool want to beat Everton, these former Reds might be worth a call

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Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey have both beaten the Toffees within the last week.

Liverpool's start to the 2014/15 season has been far from ideal. In five Premier League games so far, Brendan Rodgers' side have already lost three times.

Several teams have started even worse, however, and, luckily for the Reds, their next opponents are one of them.

Indeed, ahead of the Merseyside derby this Saturday lunchtime, Everton have amassed just five points this term. By comparison, Liverpool's six is at least one point more.

The grudge match is as vital as ever, then, and could provide a kick-start to the winners' season.

And, in the week leading up to the derby, it just so happens that two former Reds have beaten Everton within the space of a few days.

At Crystal Palace, Martin Kelly is one of them.

  TeamAerial Duels WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesTackles WonAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace 0 4 1 3 1 90
Scott Dann Crystal Palace 2 2 8 0 1 90
Damien Delaney Crystal Palace 1 3 11 0 1 90
Joel Ward Crystal Palace 0 2 4 2 1 90
Martin Kelly Crystal Palace 1 4 7 3 1 90

As Opta stats show, Kelly won four interceptions, three tackles, one aerial duel and made seven effective clearances against Everton last weekend, when Crystal Palace beat them 3-2 at Goodison Park.

Having witnessed the Toffees' game first hand, Rodgers could do a lot worse than give his former defender a call asking for advice on how to handle Roberto Martinez's men.

Kelly is not the only one, however, with Jonjo Shelvey also playing the full 90 minutes for Swansea City on Tuesday night. He delivered the cross that led to Swansea's second goal in a 3-0 win against Everton. Another perfect source for advice.

So far this campaign, Rodgers looks as though he has gone into most games playing 'the Liverpool way' and, unsuccessfully for the most part, taking the game to his opponents. The same, of course, can be said of last season...

But this Merseyside derby is one of the most important in years. The Northern Irishman should go into it having truly done his homework. And Kelly and Shelvey can play a huge part in ensuring that happens.

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