Liverpool can follow up their Champions League victory and get back to winning ways at Anfield. With Mohamed Salah in great scoring form, the Reds should take advantage of a porous Everton defence at Anfield.
Liverpool have been in poor form, losing their last 3 Premier League matches and 5 of their last 8 matches in all competitions. Jürgen Klopp’s side are in a battle to stay in the top 4 with their title defence all but over. Injuries to key defenders have hurt the Reds with clean sheets hard to come by. Liverpool lost three consecutive EPL against Brighton (1-0), Manchester City (4-1) and 3-1 at Leicester. Mohamed Salah put them ahead in the 67th minute against the Foxes before conceding three goals in 7 minutes. Liverpool’s last match was a confidence building 2-0 victory against Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in Budapest with Sadio Mané adding the second. Liverpool are missing injured centre backs Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Fabinho is doubtful which could see Jordan Henderson partner Ozan Kabak in central defence once again. Midfielders James Milner and Naby Keita are injured alongside forward Diogo Jota. Mohamed Salah is in great form with 7 goals in his last 7 matches, scoring first in the last two.
Everton sit 7th in the Premier League and are chasing Europa League qualification. The Toffees were 2-0 and 3-2 down at Manchester United before a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal earned a 3-3 draw. Carlo Ancelotti’s side earned a remarkable 5-4 extra-time win over Tottenham in the FA Cup. Gylfi Sigurdsson produced a goal and 3 assists with Bernard scoring the winner. Everton then suffered a dismal 2-0 home defeat to Fulham where they created 0.31-2.55 expected goals. Everton’s last match was a 3-1 home defeat to Man City on Wednesday. Richarlison equalised before half time but they couldn’t hold on after having 30% possession and 3-16 shots. Top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a doubt after missing the Man City match. Midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains out injured and Allan is doubtful. Centre back Yerry Mina picked up an injury on Wednesday. Mason Holgate should start in central defence with Séamus Coleman starting at right back. Expect playmaker James Rodríguez to be brought back into the starting line-up.
Liverpool have under performed at home in the premier league and might find a resurgent Everton very hard to break down. Giving Liverpool’s recent performances at home, we will consider the handicap market for this fixture.
PREDICTION : DRAW 1-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : EVERTON +2 HCP