Liverpool VS Everton LIVE Football Score 24/04/2022
A Merseyside derby with major implications at both ends of the Premier League table takes place at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, as Liverpool renew hostilities with long-time rivals Everton. Fifteen places and 47 points separate the local rivals in the standings at the time of writing, with the Reds still challenging for the quadruple while Frank Lampard’s side scrap for their safety.
While most of the post-match analysis centred around Manchester United’s abysmal display on the Anfield turf, quadruple-chasing Liverpool stuck to the task at hand to outclass, outfight and frankly humiliate Ralf Rangnick’s side to temporarily go top of the standings. Mohamed Salah (2), Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz all scored and assisted one another in a 4-0 romping for the Reds, who have been knocked down to second ahead of Sunday’s game and could enter the derby four points behind Manchester City should the reigning champions see off Watford on Saturday.
There was not even a glimpse of an FA Cup hangover in the Liverpool ranks as Klopp’s side remain in hot pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple, and the German boss will likely already be planning for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with giant killers Villarreal next week. Everton have not made life comfortable for their supporters all season long, and that theme did not change during the visit of midweek Leicester City, as the Toffees left it very late indeed to claim what could prove to be a priceless point in their relegation scrap.
Harvey Barnes had Leicester in the ascendancy after just five minutes of Wednesday’s encounter at Goodison Park, but in the second minute of second-half injury time, Richarlison’s scuffed effort found its way into the corner to send the home crowd into joyous celebrations.
Refusing to go down without a fight, Everton have taken four points from their last two Premier League games after also shutting out Man United on Merseyside and remain one point clear of Burnley in 17th, with the Clarets playing a game more and easing past Southampton 2-0 on Thursday.
The survival destiny of Frank Lampard’s side is therefore still in their own hands, but as the worst-performing side away from home in the Premier League this season – losing 10 of their last 11 top-flight games on the road – their chances of producing the shock of all shocks at Anfield are slim to none to say the least.
Then again, Everton have recent experience when it comes to Anfield victories after posting a 2-0 win there last term, but Liverpool marched to a storming 4-1 success at Goodison Park earlier this season, and Klopp has insisted that he would miss the Premier League Merseyside derbies if the Toffees suffered their first-ever relegation from the competition next month.
Going in to the clash with the Yellow Submarine on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run would certainly be ideal, and Liverpool have found the back of the net twice in all of their fixtures so far this month – amassing a whopping 17 over their last six games.
The 4-0 drubbing of Man United also marked the Merseyside giants’ 11th Premier League victory in a row at Anfield – during which time they have conceded a mere two goals – with the Reds statistically the best performers at home based on points, goals scored and goals conceded, so it is easy to see why many believe Sunday’s derby is already a foregone conclusion.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have done marvellously to put Manchester City under intense pressure in the title race. They even briefly went to the top of the standings after defeating Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield earlier this week. However, the Cityzens have since picked up two wins against Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford, opening up a four-point lead.
With just six games left in the season, Liverpool cannot afford a slip-up. Their UEFA Champions League commitments make things trickier for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and they will need all hands on deck to keep their hopes of a quadruple burning brightly.
Meanwhile, Everton find themselves at the other end of the league table, perilously close to the relegation zone. The Toffees are just one point clear of 18th-placed Burnley but have a game in hand to widen that gap, although they will need to pull off an upset against their Merseyside opponents on Sunday.
After a run of three losses in all competitions, Frank Lampard’s side are undefeated in their last two matches, beating Manchester United 1-0 before eking out a last-ditch draw against Leicester City. They will need to play out of their skins to stand a chance of coming away with a positive result from Anfield on Sunday.
Ibrahima Konate could get a starting berth in defence against Everton, with Joel Matip making way. The rest of the backline should stay intact as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson are expected to hold on to their places while Alisson Becker guards the goal for Liverpool.
Thiago Alcantara could be given a break by Klopp following his heroics against Manchester United in order to keep him fresh for the Villarreal clash. Naby Keita should replace the Spaniard, lining up alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in the centre of the park for the home team.
Mohamed Salah should continue in attack as he will want to build on his performance against Manchester United, where he ended his recent dry patch in front of goal. Luis Diaz, too, should continue in attack, with Sadio Mane likely to be given a breather by the manager. Diogo Jota should come into the side in place of the Senegalese international.
Everton have been playing in a 4-3-3 formation in recent games and could look to continue in the same setup against Liverpool, with Jordan Pickford lining up between the sticks as usual.
Seamus Coleman, who was a standout performer against Leicester, ought to continue at right-back, while Ben Godfrey is likely to shift out to left-back to quell the threat of Mohamed Salah. Michael Keane and Yerry Mina should form the centre-back pairing.
The defensive line will seek protection from the central midfield duo of Allan and Fabian Delph. Alex Iwobi will continue in his new central role from where he will look to provide the attacking impetus. Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray will carry a threat from the wide areas as they look to supply the chances for Richarlison, who needs to be more clinical in front of the goal than he was in midweek.