DANNY MURPHY: Liverpool are in disarray ahead of the Everton derby … but beware of the injured animal

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In theory, Everton will be happier than Liverpool to have the upcoming Merseyside derby in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Saturday. They are on excellent form with maximum points under Carlo Ancelotti, while Liverpool were beaten 7-2 at Aston Villa in their last game and didn’t have time to work on mistakes, with players scattered around. around the world on an international mission.

For the first time in many years, the blue city half will naturally come into the game hoping to win, but in football you better be careful, especially given such a good side as Liverpool.

We all know that Jurgen Klopp’s men have great resilience and great character in addition to their obvious quality. They’ve cleared almost every obstacle in the past two seasons and rebounded after losing the European final, not to mention a league game at Villa Park.

Liverpool are in shock after humiliating 7-2 loss to Aston Villa in their final game

Meanwhile, their bitter rivals Everton, led by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, lead the league

Meanwhile, their bitter rivals Everton, led by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, lead the league

Everton will not have the advantage of a full house and Liverpool could even benefit from the fact that Ancelotti’s side are so confident they will be at the forefront. If I was in the blue locker room I would say beware of the injured animal, especially since Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara should be able to return.

We cannot of course ignore Villa’s defeat. Joe Gomez, in particular, has battled in the thick of defense this season. He doesn’t look so confident, or even in good shape, about his prime and the manager is facing a big decision to take him off the line.

It’s always a delicate call. Some players get a break, collect their thoughts and come back stronger. I always liked having that last chance if I wasn’t in good shape and consistently performed better. For me, taking up the challenge has helped me, whereas being abandoned could have shaken my confidence.

Everton will lose the advantage of their loyal support creating the atmosphere of the day of the derby

Everton will lose the advantage of their loyal support creating the atmosphere of the day of the derby

I don’t know Gomez’s character but from the outside I would say it would be better for Liverpool for Fabinho to team up with Virgil van Dijk for the derby, especially since Klopp should have other solid options in the middle ground. The midfield of a back four is a crucial part of the pitch and especially for Liverpool on this occasion, as Everton’s main strength is their forward three, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring every time he plays.

You can follow Everton’s progress by thinking about who you would pick in a joint Liverpool-Everton XI. A few years ago I picked 10 Reds and Andre Gomes, but more Ancelotti players would be in contention now.

You wouldn’t leave Calvert-Lewin on any team and at the back, Yerry Mina would earn his place based on this season’s performance. However, it is still true that Liverpool remain stronger overall which is why I love them on Saturday.

James Rodriguez is a great player but you wouldn’t have beaten Mo Salah. I praised Richarlison but he’s not quite the same player as Mane. Lucas Digne gets great reviews as Everton’s left-back, but you would still take Andy Robertson every day of the week.

Joe Gomez was one of the Reds' great wrestlers in their incredible loss to Aston Villa

Joe Gomez was one of the Reds’ great wrestlers in their incredible loss to Aston Villa

Adrian was a convenient scapegoat for last Sunday because he made the first mistake. But you can’t just pin it on him. Liverpool’s away players gave up so many chances they would still have lost with Alisson in goal. Adrian has won every Premier League game he played in last season, so Liverpool should be able to cope with Alisson’s shoulder injury in the short term.

More significant was the high line with which Liverpool persisted. It’s great to play that way, but when there’s no pressure in the midfield you have to give up.

Are Liverpool able to become more resolute and more difficult to face again? Of course they are. They have had the best defensive record in the Premier League over the past two years and that is achieved by good organization, not luck.

Mane is the trigger to press forward, he sets the tone, and Liverpool will be stronger if he comes back after isolating himself. Henderson is the leader they’ve missed at Villa Park and he’s been fit enough to join England this week.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has revolutionized Everton and their players since joining last season

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has revolutionized Everton and their players since joining last season

Adrian must have return performance in derby after Villa clash

Adrian must have return performance in derby after Villa clash

It’s a fascinating game because of Everton’s rebirth. But they will miss the momentum they would have gotten from their fans. Liverpool will see it as a great opportunity. People are questioning them for their appearance at Villa and conceding three goals against Leeds, so they will want to silence the critics.

When I watched the Kop games, Liverpool and Everton were the best teams in the country and the derbies were the biggest games of the season. I remember my dad turned down £ 50 for his ticket in an Anfield game and we both went to see Liverpool win 3-1, despite Kevin Sheedy hitting a free kick right in front of me.

By the time I played for Liverpool they were rivaled by Manchester United games because they were winning all the trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson, but it looks like the Merseyside derby is returning to its former glory. Everton are really excited about it – but I support a response from Liverpool to Villa Park.

Everton's already high confidence would be galvanized by huge win over Liverpool

Everton’s already high confidence would be galvanized by huge win over Liverpool

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