Liverpool v Everton
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson faces a late fitness check ahead of the derby having missed the last two league outings for the Reds. Skipper Steven Gerrard is expected to be fit after returning from a hamstring problem to come off the bench in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.
Everton boast an almost complete squad ahead of Tuesday's clash. Midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) will be the Blues’ only absentee, as the on-loan Steven Pienaar is available after missing Saturday’s win over his parent club Tottenham.
Liverpool: LLWWLD. Sunderland (a), lost 1-0; Arsenal (h), lost 2-1; Cardiff City (Wembley), won on penalties after 2-2 draw; Brighton (h), FA Cup, won 6-1; Manchester United (a), lost 2-1; Tottenham (h), drew 0-0.
Everton: WDWWDW. Tottenham (h), won 1-0; QPR (a), drew 1-1; Blackpool (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Chelsea (h), won 2-0; Wigan (a), drew 1-1; Manchester City (h), won 1-0.
1) Liverpool have not won at Anfield in the league in 2012.
2) The clash will be the 186th league meeting between the two clubs and it is the most-played derby in English league football.
3) A win for the Blues will take them above Liverpool in the Premier League for the first time since mid-September.
4) Everton last won at Anfield in September 1999 when Kevin Campbell scored the winner four minutes into the game.
5) The Toffees' next goal will be their 250th against Liverpool in all competitions.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard: "We need a reaction and there's no better team to produce that against than Everton. These are the games you always look forward to. It's a night match and there's going to be a fantastic atmosphere at Anfield."
Everton's John Heitinga: "There are two teams from Liverpool. Let's show that we are the best team from Liverpool. For that game you don't need any motivation.”
October 1, 2011. Everton 0-2 Liverpool. Ten-man Everton eventually succumbed to defeat at Goodison as Jack Rodwell’s first-half red card left them facing what proved an insurmountable challenge. Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scored the goals and Tim Howard saved a Dirk Kuyt penalty.
November 18, 1995. Liverpool 1-2 Everton. Summer signing Andrei Kanchelskis bagged his first goals in a Blue shirt in the best possible way. A powerful header and a super strike from the winger put the Toffees ahead before Robbie Fowler gave the Reds a glimmer of hope in the 89th minute. The result gave Everton their first derby win away from Goodison since October 1987.
Representing both Liverpool and Everton is not something that many footballers are able to say they have done. The fierce rivalry hasn't stopped a select group however, so we've drawn up a full XI of those that have worn both Blue and Red on Merseyside.
In goal, former Dutch international Sander Westerveld makes the grade after his loan spell at Goodison in 2006.
Heroic Toffee defender Dave Watson started his career with Liverpool, playing for their reserve side before a switch to Norwich City.
He is joined at the back by the late Gary Ablett, David Burrows and Abel Xavier.
The midfield consists of current Hull City manager Nick Barmby and Blues Academy boss Kevin Sheedy on the wings. Don Hutchison and Steve McMahon team up in the centre of the park.
Dave Hickson and Peter Beardsley lead the line in attack.
Everton's allocation for this fixture has sold out. Live updates and commentary will be available here on evertonfc.com.
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Everton to win @ 4.40
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Nikica Jelavic to score first @ 11.00 (10/1)
Tim Cahill to score first @ 13.00 (12/1)