The Merseyside derby is always passionate and never dull. However, the game at this stage of the season is neither side’s priority as both teams have reached the semi-final stage of major cup competitions.
Liverpool achieved an astonishing comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the Quarter Final of the Europa League last week at Anfield and Everton face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday having previously made the last four of the League Cup this season.
Although Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp stated that the League remains a priority that was negated by the fact that the Reds made 10 changes for last Sunday’s 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth. More established players like Roberto Firmino rebound and Daniel Sturridge scored the goals, it was the younger less experienced players, like Jordon Ibe and Sheyi Ojo, that caught the eye.
Liverpool have more time to prepare for the Europa Cup semi-final against Villarreal, so it is unlikely that Klopp will name such an inexperienced team for the derby.
Everton come into the match with one eye definitely on Wembley a few days later. Their league form has been very inconsistent with three recent draws and their last win against now relegated Aston Villa over six weeks ago. However, their defence remains relatively solid and only one team, Arsenal last month, have beaten them the Toffees by more than one goal since Manchester United thumped them 0-3 at Goodison Park last October.