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Everton at Liverpool: Match Preview

The struggling Toffees travel across Stanley Park to Anfield as they look to defeat a resurgent Liverpool side for the first time in six years

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UThis year's final iteration of the Merseyside Derby tells a tale of two very different Liverpool-based
teams.

The red side of Liverpool has been resurgent as of late under first year manager Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool 
have performed well under the German, even knocking out his old club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa 
League.

The blue side seems to be reaching new lows and are currently winless in their last six league matches. 
The youthful revolution led by the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu seems to 
have run out of steam as Everton have struggled on both sides of the ball.

Everton are still looking for their first Merseyside Derby win since 2010 and if recent form is any 
indicator, we may be waiting another year.

The Opposition

Brendan Rodgers was fired shortly after the first derby of the season ended in a 1-1 draw. He was 
replaced by former Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, and while the team struggled initially to adapt to 
his fast-paced style, the reds have greatly improved under his tutelage.

Klopp has shown the ability to take the pieces left by Rodgers and put them to good use. Players like 
Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have gone through hot streaks, while newcomer Roberto Firmino
was able to overcome early-season struggles to put together an excellent campaign. The former 
Hoffenheim midfielder has been one of Liverpool's most dangerous players this season.

Everton's defense will also have to contend with fullback Alberto Moreno, who presents a dangerous 
and speedy attacking option down the left flank. With Seamus Coleman out, Everton will likely struggle 
with the speed that Moreno possesses.

However, there is a glimmer of hope for the Toffees, and that comes in the form of injuries to many 
Liverpool players. Kolo Toure, Divock Origi, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Christian Benteke are all 
listed as injured and several of them could miss this week's match.

Team News

Everton's injury woes continued as Seamus Coleman is set to miss time with a hamstring injury. He now 
joins Aaron Lennon and Phil Jagielka who also have hamstring injuries and all three could very easily 
miss the semi-final match against Manchester United. Leighton Baines and Tom Cleverley are also listed 
on the injury report and are unlikely to start.

Fortunately Ross Barkley was able to get some time in at the end of the match against Southampton
signaling that he is beginning to get healthy again. Everton will need him badly if they wish to get a 
positive result this week.

The Final Word

With all the injuries and negativity surrounding the team it will be tough for Everton to get a positive  result, especially at Anfield. Everton are trending downward while Liverpool are riding high after a huge 
win in the Europa League.

If there is one league game that Everton need to show up for, it's the 
Merseyside Derby. The best I can hope for at this point is a competitive game like we usually see from 
these two teams.

Predicted Starting XI: Robles, Oviedo, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, 
Deulofeu, Lukaku