Heading into the first Merseyside Derby of the season, the form of both Liverpool and Everton in the opening stages of the season could not be more contrasted.
The Reds have been in sublime form, only failing to secure all three league points on one occasion heading into the 15th match, that coming against bitter rivals Manchester United. However, neighbours Everton have had an indifferent start to say the least.
Struggling to gather any real momentum and confidence, the Blues have been hot and cold approaching what could be a make-or-break game for both sides. Jürgen Klopp will be hoping his side can continue the recent domination of a fixture in which Everton haven’t won since 2010 in the Premier League.
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Of course, despite any form or controversy heading into a fixture of such nature there can be the potential for players to step up their efforts, but, on the other hand, form can sometimes be a contributing factor.
Klopp will be out to silence some Evertonians who believe their side cost the Reds dearly on their pursuit of the Premier League title last time out. After dropping valuable points at Goodison Park in their last league meeting, there will be an eagerness to get bragging rights amongst the Reds.
Following a large show of inconsistency throughout the campaign so far, there remains uncertainty surrounding the future of current boss Marco Silva at Everton. A poor showing at home to Norwich City followed by capitulation at Leicester City has raised question marks as to whether he will remain in charge moving forward.
Reports have suggested that a return could be on the cards for former boss David Moyes. The Scot is more than familiar with the Merseyside Derby and would be aware of the need to prepare thoroughly, but the hierarchy at Goodison Park have stuck with Silva, for now.
Liverpool have shown significant improvement this season relating to their determination to earn victories, even when not at their best. Recent games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in particular have highlighted that.
There is no doubt approaching this fixture that the Reds are in a much better position to get the points, although Klopp will be aware nothing is guaranteed. Looking at how one-sided the matchup has been in past years, a home win is certainly expected and Everton’s woeful start to the season will only add to that.