Match Preview: Rejuvenated Liverpool Face Struggling Everton in First Merseyside Clash of the Season

Match Preview: Rejuvenated Liverpool Face Struggling Everton in First Merseyside Clash of the Season

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
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  • Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool, Goodison Park, 3rd September 2022, 11:30 AM GMT
  • Everton are winless against Liverpool in their last 23 matches and the last time they won at Goodison was in 2010
  • Liverpool could welcome a couple of faces from injury and suspension like Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez

Liverpool will be hoping to record their third victory of the season on the bounce when they make the short trip to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby.

The Reds are returning to full strength after starting the season shakily. They followed up a 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle in the midweek fixtures.

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Frank Lampard oversees Everton's training session at the Finch Fram. Photo by Tony McArdle.
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Everton, meanwhile, are still chasing their first win of the season. Frank Lampard's side were pegged back by a Luis Sinnistera's goal in their last game against Leeds United.

Lampard on Jurgen Klopp

I've got huge respect for Jurgen Klopp and what he’s done over the last number of years, but of course, it’s a Merseyside Derby, and I’m here to do my job and I’ll stand up and do my job.

Team News

After spending a majority of last season in the relegation places, Everton looked to back Lampard in the transfer market with a couple of new players. Idrissa Gana Gueye was resigned and could be thrown right into the fixture. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still a huge miss for Everton.

Neal Maupay has also sorted out his paperwork and could be in line for his debut, especially with the Toffees struggling for goals

Liverpool's absentees' list has grown smaller, but captain Jordan Henderson joined the injury table with a hamstring issue. The fixture will also come a little bit early for new signing Arthur Melo.

Jurgen Klopp will have Darwin Nunez back, but the Uruguayan could start from the bench given that Roberto Firmino is in fine form.

Players to watch

Everton's main source of goals remains Demerai Gray and Anthony Gordon, who will have to beat the gigantic figures of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Mohamed Salah endured a torrid time against Bournemouth despite his side scoring many goals but could be banked on to deliver here. The Egyptian has four goals against this opposition, with four of them coming at Goodison.

Possible lineups


Pickford, Mykolenko, Tarkowski, Coady, Patterson; Onana, Gana, Iwobi: Gordon, Gray, Maupay.


Alisson, Robertson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Elliot, Carvalho; Diaz, Firmino, Salah.

Joel Matip mimics Randy Orton's signature RKO move in frenzied Liverpool's celebrations

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Joel Matip, like any other person associated with Liverpool, was beside himself with joy when his side snatched a last-minute winner against Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Liverpool were made to toil by the in-form Magpies in a game that looked destined to be headed for a one-all draw.

Newcastle had gone ahead via new signing Alexander Isak who showed great composure and precision to put his side ahead in the first half.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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