Liverpool vs Everton is not only the duel between Klopp and Ancelotti, which is already unmissable. It is a crossing that will mark the aspirations of the first in the Premier League and the real options of the second to return to European competitions, the main goal of the entire season.
For this reason and because derbies are not played but won, this Saturday’s duel (12:30 pm) fits into the category of “unmissable” at every corner.
Liverpool cannot afford one more luxury: it has already failed against Manchester City, against Leicester and against Manchester United. It would seem that he has taken a step aside in the fight for the Premier title and that now the priority, who would believe it, is not to leave the current dishonorable sixth place to fight for one of the four seats in the Champions League.
The cross remains the injury casualties of Fabinho, James Milner Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, with which improvisations will remain an obligation and not a choice for Klopp.
Fortune, at that point, smiles on Carlo Ancelotti, who will lose, yes, Gbamin and Yerry Mina, the latter for a period of between three and four weeks, but will recover nothing less than Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the total midfielder, the Brazilian Allan. Knowing that equilibrium returns is necessarily an illusion for the ‘toffee’, who come from defeats against Fulham (0.2) and Manchester City (1-3) and need to win now to climb from the seventh box of the table to the zone of European classification.
There is also a good feeling with James Rodríguez, who is “well, happy and motivated”, according to Ancelotti’s words and will have on him the obligation to pull the strings to hurt an Everton that, perhaps for the only time, does not arrive as untouchable.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones; Wrong, Firmino, Mane
Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Allan; Rodríguez, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Time: 12:30 pm Colombian time