- More red cards than any other PL fixture
- Liverpool top scorers in PL
- Everton have just 1 win in last 19 derbies
Everton host Liverpool on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a massive pre-Christmas Merseyside Derby.
With Liverpool flying high and the highest-scorers in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp heads to Goodison for the first time as a manager full of confidence with his team in the Premier League title battle.
As for Ronald Koeman — the Dutchman has had an up and down start to his time on Merseyside — his Everton side dug deep and launched an impressive comeback victory against Arsenal last week at a raucous Goodison.
Make no mistake about it, the atmosphere will be electric on Monday.
In team news Everton’s captain Phil Jagielka is out through suspension with Ramiro Funes Mori expected to come in, while Gareth Barry could return after being rested in midweek. Liverpool will start Simon Mignolet in goal again, while Daniel Sturridge may return but Joel Matip is struggling with an ankle injury.
What they’re saying
Jurgen Klopp on his first derby at Goodison Park: “As a neutral football fan, things like this are nice to see. It is not easy, even in an outstanding atmosphere. Last year we had a really good away atmosphere in Manchester for the Europa League against United. We had a wonderful atmosphere against Dortmund in both games. The job is to make it as difficult as possible for the crowd to enjoy the game.”
Ronald Koeman on key to winning his first-ever Merseyside derby: “If you act too nice, like we have in the past this season, you need a reaction. Sometimes it is a referee’s decision and the fans are not happy, but you need that reaction from the start. It’s difficult and you have to create it for yourself. Some players always have it and some need something else to get that reaction, but we need to change that as a team.”
I think Everton will be boosted by the big win against Arsenal last week but I just think Liverpool will expose their defensive weaknesses ruthlessly. 3-1 to the Reds.