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  • 1 October 2011
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - Liverpool Preview: Kenny Dalglish looking to record his first Merseyside derby victory since returning to Anfield

The veteran manager has a fine record in this fixture, winning 12 of the 22 games he has overseen, but both sides will be aiming for a win in order to build momentum


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Neville, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
Saha

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique
Henderson, Adam, Lucas, Downing
Suarez, Carroll

Everton find themselves without lynchpin Tim Cahill after he picked up an injury against Manchester City, but David Moyes is unlikely to defer from his usual method of flooding the midfield, potentially handing attack-minded Royston Drenthe his first start at Goodison Park.

For the visitors, captain Steven Gerrard is still unlikely to start in the derby, but may still make an impact as sub and young Martin Kelly should again deputise for Glen Johnson, who is out with a rib injury. Andy Carroll started against Wolves last week and could again be in line to partner Luis Suarez, although Dirk Kuyt does have a formidable scoring record in the derby.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • There have been 10 red cards in the last 13 Premier League Merseyside derbies.
  • Kenny Dalglish has won 54 per cent of the Merseyside derbies he as overseen as Liverpool manager winning 12 of 22 meetings, drawing seven and losing just three times.
  • Tim Cahill, Dirk Kuyt and Dalglish have exactly the same goal tally in games between Liverpool and Everton with five each.
  • Everton have not won both Merseyside derbies in one season since 1984/85, whereas Liverpool have done it six times since then, most recently in 2009/10.
  • Liverpool have only managed to keep one clean sheet so far this season, and that was against Arsenal.
  • No Everton player has scored more than one goal this season as of yet, with six players scoring in the Premier League.
  • Everton have only won one home game so far this season and Liverpool have the same amount of away wins to their name.

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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
34Martin KellyDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
39Craig BellamyStriker
Players to Watch
Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The left-back's crossing ability could spell trouble for a Liverpool side who have already shown defensive frailties this season, and the defender's quality from corners and free-kicks could also worry Dalglish's side.

The England international is a solid player in Everton’s back four, but his ability to get forward and support his midfielders is just as strong, and with an inexperienced Martin Kelly in front of him this could prove vital for Moyes’ men.

Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The January signing has started his first full season at Anfield well, with his pace and ability to finish seeing him terrorise Premier League defences and notching four goals this term.

He will be looking to link up with Andy Carroll, with the pair in line to start together for their first Merseyside derby.

Prediction

Liverpool’s superior technique will shine from the off, but as Everton settle down the physicality of Fellaini, Neville and Rodwell in the middle of the park will disrupt them and the balance could tip in the Toffees' favour.

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