Reds seem to have the edge over depleted Everton


Everton’s Anthony Gordon could give Liverpool something to think about should they get complacent. — Reuters

LIVERPOOL will be buoyed after defeating Newcastle United in a hard-fought match midweek.

And the Reds will want to continue with this momentum and climb up the league table, having entered the top half after the 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday.

The Reds next take on a struggling Everton side at Goodison Park that is seeking their first win of the season.

Juergen Klopp will need to get his players prepared and take their game to another level, especially in a Merseyside derby that could turn feisty at any point of the match.

The German needs to find a solution to cure his team’s Jekyll and Hyde performances to calm the supporters’ nerves after such a turbulent start to the season.

Klopp’s side is capable of being unplayable, they just need to do it more consistently.

The players, especially the strikers, will certainly need to be more ruthless and clinical in front of goal, just as they were against Bournemouth last week.

With influential midfielder Thiago Alcantara still out injured for a few more weeks, Harvey Elliot has stepped up to provide the cutting edge in attack that they have often lacked.

The young Englishman’s progress will no doubt see him cement his place in the starting 11 against the Toffees.

Fellow young star Fabio Carvalho is also slowly carving out a name for himself on Merseyside and delighting the fans, especially with his last-minute winner against Newcastle in midweek.

Club record signing Darwin Nunez is back in contention after having served his three-match ban for the red card he received against Crystal Palace last month.

However, with Roberto Firmino playing well, the Uruguay international may have to settle for a place on the bench and make an appearance as a substitute.

Klopp will also need to carefully manage his squad, with a number of players still injured or not match fit, as the Reds prepare for a busy September with an UEFA Champions League commitment.

He will certainly hope that his players can come out of the derby unscathed.

After three consecutive 1-1 draws in their league matches, Frank Lampard will be under a lot of pressure to turn his side’s fortunes around.

Everton are winless in all five of their league games, with a growing list of injuries to deal with.

These include three centrebacks – Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate – and star forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Summer signings James Tarkowski and Conor Coady are still finding their feet in the heart of Everton’s defence, while Neal Maupay could make his debut against Liverpool.

Anthony Gordon, wanted by Chelsea, will be the one player the Reds need to watch out for.

The 21-year-old has scored two goals in back-to-back league matches and the Reds will be wary of his speed and watch out for his antics to get a penalty as he did last season.

It will be a tightly-contested affair but Liverpool can get all three points if they can get their act together.

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