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Liverpool vs Everton: Merseyside derby time!

Let’s be honest, no one from either set of fans is looking forward to this game.

It is always the stomach churner and if you are actively excited for it then you simply fear nothing or are lying.

The derby from earlier on in the season was one of the most anticipated derbies in recent years and it lived up to the hype.

However, this one might just out do the nerves from last time, all you need to do is look at the table.

Everton are three points off Liverpool with a game in hand due to the champions having fallen off a cliff in the league.

But in the last couple of league games Everton have lost all the confidence that they could have had travelling to Anfield.

A shocking defeat to Fulham at home then another loss to Manchester City has put a downer on what looked like a turned corner since the Newcastle game.

Whilst Liverpool are coming off the back of three defeats on the bounce in the league however Jurgen Klopp’s side have just beaten RB Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16.

So it is impossible to predict how this game will pan out but form rarely ever matters going into this fixture.

There is no other fixture like it in the Premier League.

In this city there is raw passion for the two football teams but there is roar passion for unity and togetherness hence why people who will never understand just think it is some type of friendly derby, it is not, and it never will be.

The people of this fantastic place never ever back down and the people who make it their home buy into this way of life and don’t regret it.

Hence why the arguments and debates from Liverpudlian to Evertonian seem to never end and that in itself is an art.

We all love it.

We love the bickering; we love laughing at each other but most of all we love our football teams.

That is why the defeats hit hard, the feisty draws get us arguing and the victories get us delirious.

Especially the last-minute ones that bounce on the top of the crossbar, or the last minute thunderbolt equalisers, for Everton.

Why do you think when the fixtures get released every year we all look for the derby straightaway?

It means the most even when both of us are having awful seasons.

When Everton and Liverpool are playing well though, there is much more riding on it.

Liverpool over the past two seasons have been immaculate making Everton fans desire to beat them so much more whilst now this season Everton have been doing well so the tables have turned.

However, Evertonians would just be desperate for a win in any fashion as it has been so long.

Ten years without beating any team is one hell of a record but when it is your local rivals who are just across Stanley Park it makes it that bit more embarrassing.

Then you move onto the Anfield record.

Everton’s last win was in September 1999.

7,816 days ago.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The last time these two met at Anfield the player who scored the winner, Curtis Jones, wasn’t even born then.

Could it be the perfect time for Everton to break this Anfield duck?

Liverpool have struggled at Anfield lately and with the likes of Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin back from injury this Everton side will pose a massive threat and hopefully not to players legs this time.

Klopp doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns event though there was rumours that Adrian will be starting due to injuries to Alisson and Kelleher.

So who will make themselves the villain this time?

Who will lose their head first? 

All of the fans already have that’s for certain.

This has the potential to crush any hopes either side has for the remainder of this season.

Liverpool and Everton battling each other for the Champions League places, no one anticipated that at the start of the season.

But here we are, an empty Anfield awaits with fans at home already waiting to hide away from their tv screens.

The 238th time these powers of English football lock horns and this should be one of the most nerve-wracking ones to date.

Then again the nerves get worse every time, that is just how it is.

Written by Elliot Thompson

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