This Sunday, Liverpool take on City rivals Everton at Goodison Park, but who will come out on top?
Brendan Rodgers’ troops will go into the match high on confidence following their 1-0 triumph over Reading last week. After getting their campaign off to a stumbling start, the Reds have now secured 7 points from their last three games, but will be hungry for more in order to bridge the gap on their top-four rivals.
The Toffees will have ambitions of their own. Having suffered just a single defeat in their 8 games so far, the Goodison Park outfit will give it their all to maintain their fourth-place standing in the table and will have only win on their minds.
Manager David Moyes is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Marouane Fellaini and full-back Tony Hibbert will be fit. Fellaini missed last weekend’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with QPR because of a knee injury while Hibbert has not played for more than a month after sustaining a calf problem.
Midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) is still sidelined, while playmaker Steven Pienaar serves a one-match ban after his sending-off at Loftus Road.
Everton (from): Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Hibbert, Neville, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Gueye, Heitinga, Anichebe, Mirallas, Naismith, Oviedo, Coleman, Vellios, Hitzlsperger.
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Manager Brendan Rodgers will continue to monitor the condition of Jose Reina, who has been nursing a hamstring problem he picked up on international duty with Spain and which caused him to miss the win over Reading last Saturday as well as Thursday’s UEFA Europa League victory against Anji Makhachkala. The Spanish goalkeeper has been back in training at the Reds’ Melwood complex.
Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns, with Martin Kelly (knee), Lucas Leiva (thigh) and Fabio Borini (foot) remaining sidelined.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Skrtel, Wisdom, Robinson, Sahin, Gerrard, Cole, Henderson, Downing, Allen, Sterling, Shelvey, Suarez, Assaidi, Suso, Yesil.
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Everton 2 – 0 Liverpool