Who: Everton vs Liverpool
When: Sunday, June 21st @ 2:00pm ET
Line: Everton +460 | Draw +320 | Liverpool -175
Sunday’s match about 2 miles from Anfield at Goodison Park could’ve been the title clincher. Unfortunately, David Luiz did David Luiz things and now the Reds will have to wait a few more days.
Assuming, that is, they take care of business at Everton.
Everton vs Liverpool Preview
Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool are fully fit. They certainly looked as much in their 6-0 destruction of Blackburn in their friendly earlier this week.
While Klopp’s side struggled finding he same intensity coming out of their winter break this year, don’t expect a similar problem this rodeo. The Reds look rested, happy, strong, and hungry. Having bowed out of the Champions League, shattering the Premier League record for points is the new goal. Adrian even said so. Given his role in Liverpool no longer being in the Champions League, let’s hope he’s right.
When Liverpool played Everton at Anfield in December, Klopp rotated his squad heavily. Liverpool won that 5-2, although it was in part because they literally finished everything. xG had the game closer (2.41 to 1.76). Still, at no point in the match did Liverpool look the lesser side.
Anyway, if Adrian is right and the Reds are focused on he EPL points record, expect Klopp to use all of his 5 subs in an effort to keep everyone fresh. Look for a starting XI with Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino.
If things are going well, don’t be surprised to see the youngsters Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott getting some game time. With FSG apparently tightening the budgets, growth will have to come from within next season. Young future stars like those two will need more game experience.
Same goes for Takumi Minamino and Naby Keita. Both scored in the friendly, and having each find their confidence and form will be critical for keeping the squad fresh in 2020-21.
And just because Divock Origi torments Everton, expect him to see ample field time. One of his two goals from December against them is among the finest of the season.
Liverpool will come out focused and with a purpose. They’ll roll to a 3-0 win.