Liverpool beat Rafael Benitez’s Everton four times at mutinous Goodison Park – .

Liverpool beat Rafael Benitez’s Everton four times at mutinous Goodison Park – .

Everton finished a place above Liverpool in 2004-05, which led the Goodison Park loyalists to dub their rivals’ manager ‘rather under us’, but there can be no doubt about the balance current powers in Merseyside.
Rafael Benitez is now in Everton’s technical zone and coming under immense pressure after a streak of possible 21 Premier League points in the Premier League, while Liverpool are at the heart of the title race and most devastating attacking force of the division.

It’s possible the atmosphere will turn sour at Goodison – with Everton fans giving their apologetic players a volley after Sunday’s loss at Brentford – although supporters tend to avoid spreading dirty laundry in the face of rivals fierce.

Everton have Richarlison back from suspension, who can provide a crucial injection of speed and goal threat with Dominic Calvert-Lewin still sidelined with injury. The Brazilian scored the first goal in Everton’s 2-0 win at Anfield last season, his first victory for Liverpool in the Premier League since 1999.

Eight of Goodison Park’s last nine Premier League derbies have ended in draws, a result Everton could stand for given Liverpool’s form. Jurgen Klopp’s side are averaging three goals, 19.5 shots and 2.7 expected goals per game, although Brighton and West Ham may have exposed some defensive weaknesses.

Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones are still out for Liverpool but Joel Matip could return after resting against Southampton.

“I think the fans are smart and they know we need them. The fans are crucial and essential for us, ”ex-Liverpool boss Benitez said on Tuesday.

“If they’re behind the team, you could see the atmosphere of the first game – they were behind us and the team was reacting. I think they will realize how important they are to the players.

“We started the season really well and everyone was happy with it. Because we are not having good results now, you can question everything… We have to be sure to keep supporting the team, to keep pushing. We will be better, we want it. “

Full team news on the way soon.


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