English Premiership

Preview: Everton v Liverpool

2016-12-19 11:04
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Cape Town - After getting a big win against Arsenal in mid-week, Everton will be looking to take some momentum into the 227th Merseyside derby against Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Toffees have not been in the best of form in the last few weeks, with only one win in their last six league games. However, that victory was an impressive 2-1 win over Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal last weekend and would've given them a substantial confidence boost heading into the match with Liverpool.

Manager Ronald Koeman is well aware of Liverpool's problems in defence and will look to exploit that fact at Goodison Park.

"Liverpool are strong but they lost their way at Bournemouth and drew against West Ham. It is not so difficult because, if Bournemouth can win against them, we have possibilities to win, too," he told a pre-match press conference.

"We need to press. I'm not sure but I think Liverpool have conceded more goals than anyone ahead of us. Not so good."

Liverpool, on the other hand, have only lost one of their last 13 league games, but their recent form has left a lot to be desired after they shipped two very late goals to lose 4-3 to Bournemouth and also struggled to earn a 2-2 draw with West Ham at home last time out.

Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed his intentions to use Sturridge as a super sub, if the England international can prove his fitness ahead of the match.

"He cannot be 100 percent but having Daniel Sturridge for 20 minutes would be fantastic," he said. "If he is available he will be involved.

"Until now he's made four pitch sessions with the rehab coach. It would be nice if he could be part of my department, the pitch training that I'm responsible for."

The home side will have to make do without captain Phil Jagielka after he was sent off against Arsenal, but experienced midfielder Gareth Barry is available again after missing out against Arsenal and will provided some much-needed steel to the center of the park for the Toffees.

There is no fresh injury news for Liverpool, but Simon Mignolet is expected to start once again ahead of Loris Karius in goal for the Reds.

Kick off is at 22:00.

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