The Merseyside Derby is back, and it’s a special one as Steven Gerrard appears in this fixture for the last time before his move to Major League Soccer.
The Liverpool legend’s 33rd Merseyside Derby could be the first for Aaron Lennon, as the two old foes square off again from Goodison Park live on NBC at 12:30pm ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Everton’s new signing is on the bench for Roberto Martinez and will likely be a second-half option should the Spaniard need an attacking option down the flanks. Another fresh face is Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe, who starts in the attack with Raheem Sterling and the in-form Philippe Coutinho.
James McCarthy makes his Everton return after six weeks on the bench. On the other end, news isn’t so good, with Adam Lallana out, forcing Ibe into the lineup.
Oft-injured Daniel Sturridge was set to come off the bench having just marked his return from a long spell out with a goal last week, but news is he’s gone down the tunnel with the Liverpool physio, with no word on his status yet.
Everton: Joel, Oviedo, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Besic, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku.
Subs: Griffiths, Gibson, Kone, Barkley, Lennon, Browning, Alcaraz.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Moreno, Ibe, Coutinho, Sterling.
Subs: Ward, Johnson, Lovren, Lambert, Sturridge, Allen, Markovic.