COMMENT by Amir Mir
Liverpool take on their Merseyside rivals Everton in a Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon at Anfield.
Here, Football Insider states the three things to expect from the Reds during the important league encounter.
Liverpool unbeaten run to continue – Everton have not beaten their Merseyside rivals at Anfield since 1999 and that run could go at the weekend. Against the top half teams, Liverpool’s record has been impressive, which has included beating the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham at home. Therefore, Ronald Koeman’s side, who will be missing a few key players, will be in for a tough encounter.
Philippe Coutinho to underperform – The 24-year-old has not been at his best since returning from injury in January. He has scored just one goal and provided zero assists and his barren run could continue. Stan Collymore recently stated that he would sell the Brazilian for £60miilion, but against a tough and organised Everton side Coutinho will find it tough to get back to his best.
Liverpool will fail to keep a clean sheet – The Reds defensive backline has conceded 36 goals this season, more than any other team in the top seven, including their weekend opponents. History suggests that the home team will make it tough for themselves and concede again with the Toffees boasting the top goalscorer in the league amongst their ranks. Romelu Lukaku has scored 21 goals this term, including five goals in his last four matches which will make it more tougher for the home team to keep a clean sheet.
In other Liverpool news, this 28-year-old could be axed for the Premier League showdown against Everton on Saturday.