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  • 13 March 2012
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  • • Anfield, Liverpool
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Liverpool - Everton Preview: Ten years since the hosts last lost four Premier League games in a row

Liverpool - Everton Preview: Ten years since the hosts last lost four Premier League games in a row

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The Reds go into the 217th Merseyside derby in poor league form, while the visitors are in higher spirits after David Moyes' 10-year anniversary success against Tottenham


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Liverpool

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Kuyt, Henderson, Spearing, Downing
Gerrard
Suarez
Everton

Howard

Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Osman, Coleman, Fellaini, Drenthe
Cahill
Jelavic

Kenny Dalglish should be able to start Steven Gerrard, after the England midfielder returned to the bench against Sunderland, with Glen Johnson also likely to shake off a hamstring problem.

Everton fan Jamie Carragher could replace Sebastian Coates after the 21-year-old failed to impress in the loss against Martin O'Neill's men on Saturday. The Reds boss may drop Charlie Adam to keep Jay Spearing in the centre of the park after the latter was arguably the hosts' best player against the Black Cats.

Nikica Jelavic is likely to keep his place up front for Everton after the former Rangers man netted in his debut against Tottenham on Saturday. Jack Rodwell returned to the bench for the game with Harry Redknapp's men and may play some part on Tuesday night.

Steven Pienaar is available again after the on-loan midfielder was ineligible for the win over his parent club, Spurs. The South African is likely to come back into the starting line-up as the visitors' only change.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool lost their third consecutive Premier League game when they were vanquished by Sunderland on Saturday
  • After 27 games this season, Dalglish's men have recorded the exact same number of points that they had at this stage last campaign.
  • The Reds won the first meeting between the two sides 2-0 at Goodison Park. The last time they did the derby double was in the 2009-10 season.
  • Everton (28) are one of only four clubs to score less than Liverpool (30) this season. The others being Wigan (23), Stoke (27) and QPR (29).
  • Rodwell was controversially sent off in the last meeting with the Reds [pictured], becoming the 21st player to be dismissed in the tie since the start of the Premier League, although the midfielder's red was later rescinded by the FA.
  • Moyes' side will go above their Merseyside rivals if they win at Anfield in the 217th derby on Tuesday.
  • The last time that the Toffees were awarded a penalty in a competitive game at Anfield was in 1988, which was converted by Wayne Clarke in a 1-1 draw.
  • Out of the 216 derbies so far, Liverpool have won 86, Everton have triumphed on 66 occasions and there have been 64 draws.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
3José EnriqueDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
18Phil NevilleMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
Players to Watch
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Mr. Liverpool should be back in the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to Sunderland on Saturday, something his manager, and Reds' fans, will be delighted about.

The 31-year-old Englishman makes such a difference to the team. His passing ability means the likes of Luis Suarez get the quality service they need to flourish and his personal drive gives everyone a lift. Dalglish's main man will be key in a clash driven by passion.
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 32-year-old is currently in poor goal scoring form, netting just once in 26 league appearances so far this campaign, with the midfielder normally managing around eight goals a season. However, with a total of five goals in Merseyside derbies, the Australian boasts the highest of any Everton player in the Premier League era and Moyes will be hoping that his man can produce the goods again on Sunday.
Prediction
With Moyes and his players in good spirits after bringing top-four chasing Tottenham to their knees in their last outing, the visitors should give Liverpool a run for their money on Sunday. Everton will probably keep compact but in Jelavic they have gained something a bit different up front, as we saw against Spurs.

However, Dalgish's side will be desperate to avoid losing their fourth league game in a row as well as stopping their bitter rivals from jumping above them in the table and therefore, with a couple of players returning from the sidelines, the scores could end level after a hard-fought match.
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