- 19:58, 30 MAR 2017
The absence of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson will hurt the Reds but I believe that Ronald Koeman has the greater headache with Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy sidelined and Morgan Schneiderlin doubtful.
It’s going to be a proper scrap. Everton have come a long way in a short space of time. They have scored a lot of late goals which underlines that Koeman has got them fitter and has injected a bit more belief into them.
The two teams are relatively close in the Premier League table but we’ve been here before with people saying ‘could this finally be the year when Everton break their duck at Anfield?’
They have suffered some really heavy defeats across Stanley Park in recent years. Psychologically, I think the Blues have a problem with playing at Anfield.
The fact it’s been 18 years since they last won there has to play on their minds. I know that poor record doesn’t have much to do with this manager or this set of players but that history is always talked about a lot before the derbies. Liverpool certainly have the edge.
With Coleman out, Mason Holgate is likely to start at right-back. It’s fine having a centre-back in that position when you’re at home and are likely to dominate but at Anfield Holgate is going to have a lot of defending to do. He’s one I’d expect Liverpool to target.