Liverpool make the short trip across Stanley Park to Goodison to take on Everton in the 233rd Merseyside Derby on Sunday.
As Marco Silva has said, the Derby is like a World Cup final to the two teams. Happily, it’s a World Cup final that the red side of the city has a far better record in.
Ahead of the game on Sunday, we’ve looked at some areas where the betting punter could win, as well as the team.
Liverpool to win
The last time that Everton won a Merseyside Derby was in 2010, and the Reds are unsurprisingly in the midst of a serious run of dominance in the fixture.
If Klopp’s men win on Sunday, it’ll be the seventh time this century that Liverpool have done the double over Everton, and the 16th in total.
In fact, if the Reds win at the weekend then they’ll come close to doing as many doubles in the 21st century as Everton have done in 120 years (nine times).
The form is, of course, with Liverpool this weekend too. It’s top of the table against ninth, Marco Silva’s team having lost three times in the last four league games. A reminder that the Reds have only lost once in the league all season, and it’ll be exactly two months since that loss against Manchester City on the day of the derby.
This isn’t just because Divock Origi’s bizarre goal is still fresh in the memory.
Both teams score over a quarter of their goals from the 76th minute onwards, which ranks them sixth (Everton) and seventh (Liverpool) for the proportion of their goals scored in this period of the game.
Everton have only conceded 10.8 per cent of their league goals in the final 15 minutes, the lowest rate in the league, which is a low amount, but one of those was Origi’s, and anything can happen in a derby game.
Five of the last seven Merseyside derbies has seen a goal in the 76th minute onward. They haven’t all been for the Reds, but if you’ve put a bet down on a late goal then any late goal will do.
However, if you don’t want to risk having to be happy about an Everton goal, RedsBet have a special on for the Reds scoring in injury time. Divock Origi could draw level with Daniel Sturridge as Liverpool’s highest current scorer in Merseyside derbies — could he get another last-gasp winner?
Alisson to save a penalty
If, by chance, Everton get given a penalty at Goodison Park, then there’s a good chance that Alisson will save it.
Liverpool have only conceded one all season, and that wasn’t converted, while Everton have only scored two of their four spot-kicks in the league this season.
Sadio Mane is in top form at the moment after his brace against Watford and one of the moments of skill of the season with his second. He’s scored six non-penalty league goals in 2019, the joint-second-most with Alexandre Lacazette and only one behind Sergio Aguero.
“Sadio is only coming into an age where things are becoming more natural for him,” Klopp said in a lengthy bit of praise in his pre-match press conference.
“He is not in the part where he has to convince everybody every day of his career, that he has a good one. We all know he is a world-class player and now he starts realising that himself.
“Mixed up with his attitude and his work-rate, it could be a really decent career, even better than it was so far. He is a good boy and he has these skills. For goalscoring you need moments. He always had the quality.
“He has scored a lot of goals for us and if not then he was always a proper threat and gave us the space to score from another area. He’s just in a good moment of his career and it’s the best age group, where they all are. That should now continue and develop in the next few years because there is still a lot to come from these boys.”
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by Tom Bodell