After marching through a whole calendar year unbeaten and opening 2020 in some style, Liverpool will welcome bitter rivals Everton to Anfield on Sunday afternoon with a spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup up for grabs.
Picking up a deserved 2-0 win against Sheffield United on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp’s side have continued on what could be a historic campaign and many in the red half of Merseyside have their sights set on mounting a silverware sweep.
On the flip side, while Everton may have seen Manchester City pick up a hard-fought victory at the Etihad on New Year’s Day, the Toffees have shown some much-needed improvements since bringing in Carlo Ancelotti last month.
However, with local bragging rights and an FA Cup fourth round spot up for grabs this weekend, the Blues face an unenviable trip across Stanley Park and could still be haunted by their most recent trip to Anfield.
Facing off back at the start of December, Liverpool clinched a 5-2 win and Everton have not recorded a victory over their rivals since October 2010.
You might be interested to know that the Premier League leaders can be found at 17/20 with Coral to extend on their winning run this weekend.
A champions performance
Putting in what was yet another dominant display in their 2-0 victory over surprise package Sheffield United on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp’s men have continued on what is becoming an iconic campaign.
Opening the New Year with a 13-point buffer at the top of the Premier League and unsurprisingly seen to be a landslide favourite to lift the title come May, there is no doubt that fans around Anfield will be most impressed by their side’s new-found resolve at the back.
Recording yet another clean sheet earlier in the week, the newly crowned Club World Cup champions have recorded four clean sheets on the bounce across all competitions, a run that was highlighted by a thumping 4-0 win away at second-place Leicester last month.
Also recording three clean sheets in their last four matches against Everton, you might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found priced as high as 12/5 with William Hill to come away with yet another clean sheet this weekend.
Elsewhere, new signing Takumi Minamino looks likely to make his Anfield debut on Sunday.
Everton show their resolve even in defeat
While two second half Manchester City goals may have seen new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti taste his first defeat since taking over from Marco Silva last month, the Toffees did put in another rugged display at the Etihad.
Forcing a route away from the drop zone and also picking up back-to-back victories over Burnley and Newcastle last week, Sunday’s guests did ask the defending champions a string of questions and there is no doubt the former Napoli boss will be glad to see Richarlison find the net on New Year’s Day.
With both the Brazilian and starlet Dominic Calvert-Lewin enjoying a bright start to life under Ancelotti, Richarlison also found the net at Anfield last month and can be found priced at 15/8 with William Hill to find the net in back-to-back matches this weekend.
While the mood around Goodison will likely still be at a high, the Blues have continued to show some signs of a struggle on the road, something Ancelotti has been vocal about.
Everton have lost seven of their last 10 away games against Premier League opposition, a run that stems back to the 30th of March 2019.