Premier League preview: Everton vs Liverpool likely starting line-ups, live TV times in India and more
Jürgen Klopp’s men resume their bid to secure the Premier League title in a much-awaited clash against rivals Everton at Goodison Park late on Sunday.
Liverpool need two wins from their remaining nine fixtures to be crowned as the champions of England for the first time in 30 years and will be keen on restarting the campaign on a high with a win against their oldest rivals.
The two sides have already played twice against each other this season with Liverpool emerging victorious comfortably on both the occasions.
The Reds beat Everton 5-2 at Anfield in the league fixture between the two in December and also won 1-0 in the FA Cup third round, courtesy of a brilliant Curtis Jones goal.
Where they stand in the Premier League table
Liverpool have amassed a staggering tally of 82 points from a possible 87 and have dropped points in just two league matches this season.
The Reds may well beat the historic 100-points mark in the 2019/20 campaign. This feat has been achieved just once in the Premier League - by Manchester City in 2018.
Everton currently lie 12th in the league table. With five wins in his first eight league games with the Toffees, Carlo Ancelotti seems to have settled to life in Merseyside.
A top 10 finish and some consistent performances would be the aim for the Italian manager from the remainder of the season.
Likely starting line-ups
Everton predicted starting XI: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, Lucas Digne, Bernard, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool predicted starting XI: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Injuries and team news
Everton face a number of injury setbacks as they get set to resume the season. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is a long-term absentee because of an Achilles problem.
Theo Walcott is out of contention as he underwent abdominal surgery recently whereas Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph suffered injuries in training and will not feature against Liverpool.
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has said that Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah are available for selection, despite the duo missing a few days of training this week.
Everton vs Liverpool head-to-head
This will be the 287th Merseyside derby in English football. Liverpool hold the upper hand between the two.
The Reds have won 121 matches against their neighbourhood rivals whereas Everton have tasted success 82 times. There have been 83 draws recorded in this fixture.
Everton have not beaten Liverpool in their last 18 Premier League meetings. The Toffees last won against the champions-elect back in 2010.
But one good news for the hosts will be the fact that Liverpool have won just one out of their last seven games (a 1-0 win back in 2016) at Goodison Park and are resuming the season on the back of four losses in their last six games in all competitions.
Players to watch out for
Youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been developing a brilliant partnership with Richarlison upfront and has been among the goals since Carlo Ancelotti took over the reins at Goodison Park. The 19-year-old already has 13 league goals to his name this season.
After scoring in the 6-0 friendly win over Blackburn Rovers last week, Sadio Mane will be looking to resume where he left off in March. The Senegalese has scored 14 league goals so far and has been one of Liverpool's most consistent performers.
What they said
Carlo Ancelotti: “We have to consider this game as a great opportunity. It will be difficult of course because Liverpool are one of the best in the world, but we have to try.”
Jürgen Klopp: “We have to play through, we have to be 100 per cent disciplined, we have to be full of joy, we have to stay greedy before the game, in the game and after the game.”
Where to watch Everton vs Liverpool live
Kick-off time for the Merseyside derby is 11:30 pm on Sunday, June 21 in India.
It will have live broadcast on the following TV channels: Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.
Indian football fans can also watch the live streaming of Everton vs Liverpool on Disney+ Hotstar platform.