Everton v Liverpool
Everton’s Marouane Fellaini (knee), Darron Gibson (thigh) all have both missed games in recent weeks, with David Moyes set to assess the pair in the build-up to the 219th Merseyside derby. Tony Hibbert played a full 90 minutes as an overage player for the Club’s Under-21 side on Monday, but Steven Pienaar is unavailable as he serves a one-match suspension for his dismissal at QPR.
Liverpool will be monitoring first-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina after the Spaniard suffered a hamstring injury during the recent international break. Lucas Leiva (hip) definitely misses out, while long-term absentees Martin Kelly (knee) and Fabio Borini (foot) look set to remain on the sidelines until after Christmas.
Everton: DDWLWD. QPR(a), drew 1-1; Wigan (a), drew 2-2; Southampton (h), won 3-1; Leeds United (a), League Cup, lost 2-1; Swansea City (a), won 3-0; Newcastle United (h), drew 2-2.
Liverpool: WDLWWL. Reading (h), won 1-0; Stoke City (h), drew 0-0; Udinese (h), Europa League, lost 3-2; Norwich (a), won 5-2; West Brom (a), League Cup, won 2-1; Manchester United (h), lost 2-1.
1) For the 10th successive season, the first league derby of the campaign will be staged at Goodison Park. The last time Anfield staged the opener was in the 2002/03 season.
2) Tony Hibbert has made 17 Premier League derby appearances, the most by an Everton player.
3) Everton have scored 24 goals in the last eight home games in all competitions, with just four conceded. Seven matches have been won with the other a 2-2 draw with Newcastle last month.
Everton defender John Heitinga: "I can’t wait till next Sunday because it’s the biggest game of the year in my eyes. It’s a home game as well and if you take a look at the table, you know, you can’t talk about favourites but if we win, there’s a big gap between us and Liverpool. I’m not talking about favourites but you know this is a game that is different to a league game because it’s a derby and the stadiums are not far from each other. There is just a park between the stadiums. In games like derbies there are some different emotions that are coming up into your body."
Liverpool 2-1 Everton, 14 April 2012. Everton’s FA Cup dream ended in heartbreaking fashion as Liverpool fought back to leave Wembley victorious in this all-Merseyside semi-final. It was a tale of two errors as Jamie Carragher’s calamity allowed Nikica Jelavic to open the scoring midway through the first half before Sylvain Distin’s weak backpass put Luis Suarez in for the leveller on the hour. Andy Carroll put a catalogue of misses behind him to score the winning goal with just five minutes remaining of an engrossing if often disjointed affair.
Everton 3-0 Liverpool, 9 September 2006. Everton's most convincing win of the Premier League era over Liverpool came in 2006 as the Blues recorded a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park. Tim Cahill gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half before Andy Johnson doubled the advantage. Johnson scored again in the 90th minute when Reds keeper Pepe Reina effectively dropped the ball on the forward's head, only for it bounce into the welcoming net.
On 28 October 1978, Andy King produced a sublime half-volley from outside the box to give Everton a 1-0 win over Liverpool – the Blues’ first derby win in almost seven years.
On 28 October 1987, Everton knocked Liverpool out of the Littlewoods Cup at Anfield. Defender Gary Stevens scored the vital goal in the second half to give the Blues a 1-0 win and secure progression to the fourth round.
Despite the fierce rivalry between the two clubs there has still been a select group of players who have crossed the great divide.
Here's our XI featuring some of those that have represented both Liverpool and Everton.
Dutchman Sander Westerveld takes the gloves in goal, with 19th-century defender Andrew Hannah, Dave Watson, Gary Ablett and David Burrows ahead of him.
Nick Barmby and Kevin Sheedy would patrol the flanks in midfield with Steve McMahon and Don Hutchison operating centrally.
Up front is the deadly strike partnership of Peter Beardsley and the Cannonball Kid Dave Hickson.
Referee: Mr A Marriner
Assistant Referee: Mr S Ledger
Assistant Referee: Mr S Bennett
Fourth Official: Mr P Dowd
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