Everton haven’t won at Anfield in any match since 1999, but Kieran Beckles says Liverpool need to be wary of the Toffees on Saturday
Romelu Lukaku is the Premier League’s form striker at the moment. The Belgium international has scored 10 goals in his last seven games for club and country and that stat alone should be enough to worry the Liverpool defence. Lukaku has also proven something of a nemesis for Liverpool – the former Chelsea man has scored four derby goals since his permanent move to Goodison Park. It’s no secret that Liverpool’s defence has struggled against mobile and powerful strikers in the past and Lukaku will certainly create some anxiety amongst Klopp’s back four (and the Anfield crowd).
Reeling from captain’s injury
As an Irish supporter, it was heartbreaking to see Seamus Coleman’s horrendous leg break during the Republic of Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in World Cup qualifying last week. Everton will obviously be without their captain for the trip across Stanley Park but Liverpool can expect that Ronald Koeman to use Coleman’s injury as a motivational tool for his players. Everton will be desperate to secure three points for the popular Irishman.
Everton have been one of the form teams in 2017 so far. The Toffees have lost just one of their 10 games in the calendar year – and that was a 3-2 loss at second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool, on the other hand, have fragile confidence following a desperate start to the year. Three successive home victories over Spurs, Arsenal and Burnley have restored some of the feel-good factor but if Everton score early, it could be a long afternoon for Liverpool.