Liverpool v Everton – Toffees under pressure from Reds
2020-21 EPL preview: Liverpool v Everton – Anfield – Saturday, 20th February, 2021, 17:30 hrs BST
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Liverpool and Everton clash with each other at Anfield on Saturday in the backdrop of a rapid decline in the champions' form in the last couple of weeks that has seen them lose three Premier League fixtures in a row and drop to the sixth on the points table. Their forthcoming rivals have performed no better of late, having won just one of their last six League outings and plummeting to the seventh from a healthy Top Four place when the season started.
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Liverpool v Everton Team News
As for team news, Jurgen Klopp could welcome midfielder and playmaker Naby Keita back into the fold after a two-month injury spell. Ben Davies and Divock Origi both of whom returned to bench for the Budapest game against RB Leipzig may not be given starts as of yet. Key defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all remain long-term absentees who may not feature again this season.
Everton's Carlo Ancelotti has been handed a fitness boost after confirming that both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan should be okay to start on Saturday. Center-back Yerry Mina may not be fully fit to feature for the Anfield clash while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is not expected back until mid-March.
Liverpool probable starting XI:
Alisson (goal), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones, Thiago, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino
Everton probable starting XI:
Jordan Pickford (goal), Lucas Digne, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, Tom Davies, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison, James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool v Everton Verdict
Liverpool displayed signs of revival against a feisty RB Leipzig side in their 2-0 Champions League win last Tuesday with Mohammad Salah showing that he could be a goal-scoring threat in every game going ahead (the Egyptian scored his 24th of the season at Budapest).
While the Reds are back from Hungary on the back of the morale-boosting first-leg win, Everton have lapsed from back-to-back losses to minions Fulham and table toppers Man City in midweek fixtures.
Another loss could be staring down the face of Ancelotti's Toffees unless they come up with something substantive.
Liverpool v Everton betting Odds
Liverpool to win: 4/9
Everton to win: 6/1
Correct Score Odds
Liverpool 2-0: 15/2
Liverpool 1-0: 17/2
Liverpool 2-1: 17/2 (predicted scoreline)
Draw 1-1: 17/2
Liverpool 3-0: 10/1
Liverpool 3-1: 11/1
Draw 0-0: 14/1
Draw 2-2: 18/1
Everton 2-1: 20/1
Everton 1-0: 20/1
Anytime goalscorer Odds
Mohamed Salah: 4/7
Sadio Mane: 10/11
Roberto Firmino: 6/5
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 15/8 (SkyBet)
Xherdan Shaqiri: 9/4
James Rodriguez: 4/1
Gylfi Sigurdsson: 4/1