Liverpool Forum · 21 comments
Massive game, most important derby in years. Both teams chasing fourth, if Liverpool win they'll go 4 points clear of Everton.
I am very concerned about this game, we have a massive injury crisis - our entire first choice back 4 is injured, as well as 2 of our 4 senior central midfielders (unless Joe Allen recovers in time which is unlikely). So we will most likely be forced to play a 2 man central midfield of Henderson and Gerrard, which worries me as in my opinion Gerrard can only play in a 3 man midfield in the big games now. I think he's too slow nowadays to play in a 2 man midfield. So I think Everton's midfield will have the better of ours. Just got to hope Sturridge and Suarez can produce some magic and that our dodgy back 4 has a decent game. Only consolation is that Everton have injuries too, Coleman is out and I think Barkley is out too. Barkley would be a real miss for them, he ran through our midfield so many times in the game at Goodison.
My prediction is a dodgy 2-2 draw, but wouldn't be surprised to see all 3 results. Merseyside derbies have tended to be quite boring over the years, but as the 3-3 draw in 2013 showed, I think things are changing, especially since Martinez took over from Moyes. I don't think we'll see Everton parking the bus at Anfield today like they did a few times under Moyes. Should be a great game but I'm very worried about it! Would take a draw now if I'm honest.