Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Everton

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  • Liverpool won 1-0 on Dec. 19
  • Toffees waylaid by injuries
  • Reds lead all-time 88W-71D-66L

October 17, 2010 — The last time Everton beat Liverpool.

September 27, 1999 — The last time it happened at Anfield.

As if history wasn’t weighing on Everton fans, the Toffees will be without three pieces for Saturday’s Merseyside Derby at Anfield (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

James McCarthy is out, and both Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori were lost for the season with injuries on international break.

While Liverpool isn’t healthy either — Adam Lallana is out and Jordan Henderson is iffy — their high-flying attack will want to impose its gegenpressing will on Everton’s beleaguered back line.

What they’re saying

Everton boss Ronald Koeman on the rivalry: “I heard in the last two seasons they were too afraid to play against Liverpool. Why you need to be afraid, I don’t understand that.”

Jurgen Klopp on hosting the Reds’ rivals: “Everton are a good team but we are Liverpool and nobody should underestimate the power of Anfield. I didn’t need a second to understand how important this game is. The city stops for 90 minutes.”

Prediction

Everton will be hard-pressed to deal with its defensive depth given Liverpool’s inspiring attack in big matches. The Reds won’t be asleep for this one, and take a 4-2 thriller.

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

Men in Blazers POD: FA Cup recap, UCL final preview and more

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Rog and Davo recap a spite-fueled, snear-filled, peak Phil Jones FA Cup Final, preview this weekend’s Champions League tilt between Liverpool and Real Madrid and eulogize Big Sam… gone the opposite of too soon. Plus, World Cup rosters and MLS.

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Long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will leave Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.

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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.

In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.

Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.

Wolfsburg keeps Bundesliga spot with playoff win

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Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.

Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.