This Saturday one of the most anticipated duels in the Premier League will be played: Everton, leaders of the championship, receives the current champion of England, Liverpool in Goodison Park.
This will be the first ‘Merseyside Derby’ for James Rodríguez, who has had a magnificent start to the season and will now face a litmus test. Of course, it is not the first time that the Colombian faces those of Anfield.
In the 2014-15 season, when he was barely living his first years in Spain, James was part of the Real Madrid starting eleven on his visit to Liverpool, which at that time was managed by Brendan Rodgers, for the Champions League.
That team was precisely managed by Carlo Ancelotti, who directs it today at Everton, and had stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema or Modric. Great equipment.
That night at Anfield, James gave glimpses of his quality, he demonstrated why Florentino Pérez had paid 80 million euros for his pass. The ex-Monaco took over the half with Isco and put together the party.
Barely 23 minutes into the game, the Cucuteño leaked an extraordinary ball so that Cristiano scored the first merengue goal. pure talent.
The subsequent annotations by Karim Benzema, the second caused by a theft of the creative on Coutinho, ended up deciding a duel in which James played 90 minutes and obtained a rating from the European press of 8 points.
That day his role was to lead the inside game by forming a square with Modric, Kroos and Isco. Thus they were able to avoid the maelstrom of Liverpool and incidentally open spaces in an extremely slow defense.
This time the script will be different, Klopp will be on the opposite side and some real machines will face him on the field. Perfect moment for a new dream day for the ten of the Colombian National Team.