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Liverpool will resume Premier League action on Saturday when they host Everton, and will be eager to bounce back from three consecutive defeats.
The Reds lost to Leicester City on Saturday after back-to-back losses at the hands of Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, and a Merseyside derby at Anfield is the perfect opportunity to get their campaign back on track.
Everton haven’t won at Liverpool’s home since 1999 and haven’t had a win against them since 2010.
However, the Toffees have won the same number of league games (11) as the Reds this period, with just three points between them and Jurgen Klopp’s men before their midweek clash with Man City.
Everton will have a good chance of winning at Anfield given their form under Carlo Ancelotti. and former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch thinks it’s possible.
“It’s not easy for me to say this, but you’re right, what an opportunity this is for Everton.” told Sportsmail when asked about the Toffees’ chances of beating Liverpool.
“They have to get over the mentality of feeling ‘this is Liverpool at Anfield’ otherwise the wait for a first win there since September 1999 will continue.
“I like Everton. Lucas Digne has class, James Rodríguez has been excellent and Carlo Ancelotti has turned them into a good and solid team. The top four may be a bit beyond them, but there is no reason why they cannot finish in a European place this season.
Liverpool have lost to Burnley, Brighton and Man City at Anfield this season after spending 68 games in the top flight without losing at home, and Everton will be looking to condemn their bitter rivals to another defeat at home.
Since fans are not allowed in stadiums, an empty Anfield does not pose a threat to opposition teams as it used to and a spectacular derby is to be expected on Saturday.
The Toffees haven’t been in particularly impressive shape, with only one league win to their name in the last five games.
However, the Merseyside duo are always inspired and upbeat whenever they go head-to-head, and that’s why a wrestling showdown shouldn’t be ruled out when they meet this weekend.
Everton are looking to break into the top six permanently, and their next two games are the perfect tests to prove their credentials.
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