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MERSEYSIDE DERBY: Reds and Blues preview the upcoming clash

 

The 238th Merseyside Derby takes place on Saturday with both clubs looking to finish in the top four.

Everton have lost their last two league games while Liverpool will make it four league defeats in a row should they lose this one.

The club haven't done that since 2003 under Gerard Houllier.

A couple of weeks ago, both clubs were in much better positions to challenge for Champions League qualification.

So the fact that they have both lost ground slightly dampens the affair in the grand scheme of things.

However, it is still a Merseyside Derby with bragging rights and league position on the line.

The Blues can go level on points with their Red counterparts with a win and deal Jurgen Klopp's side a dent in their aspirations.

As part of our build-up to the big game, we got both sides together to talk about the match.

The Gwladys Beat and Shankly Gates podcasts joined forced to debate all things Merseyside Derby.

 

What to expect from the Merseyside Derby

 

It all comes down to team selection and attitude for both sides.

"For me, it all depends on who he (Carlo Ancelotti) picks to start," says Everton fan Dawn Kehoe.

If Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are both available, she feels that could be huge for the Blues.

However, there's a larger potential deciding factor at stake for Dawn.

"What kind of Everton turns up? Obviously, against Fulham nobody turned up.

"It's not like we played bad, we just didn't turn up in the first place."

However, if they put in a similar performance to that of the one against Manchester City, Everton might have more of a chance in her eyes.

Liverpool fan Dan Clubbe says Liverpool's hands are "tied" in terms of team selection for the game.

Alisson Becker is fit enough to play but James Milner and Fabinho miss out along with the long list of injured players at Anfield. That includes Diogo Jota.

"The eleven picks itself," Dan says. "Unless we do something mad like play (Divock) Origi!"

The name Origi struck fear in to both sets of fans on the podcast.

Liverpool fans have lost trust in the Belgian forward after some anonymous performances, while Everton fans still remember THAT goal.

 

Merseyside Derby predicitions

 

When asked for predictions, the three Everton fans all went for a draw.

Their pessimism is justified - the Blues haven't beaten their rivals in 20 Premier League attempts and have failed to win at Anfield since 1999.

That includes a loss against a youthful Liverpool team in the FA Cup last year.

On the Red side, Kieran and Dan backed the Reds to win while David expected a bore draw.

The Merseyside Derby gets underway at 5,30pm on Saturday evening as Premier League games continue to be shown live on TV. 


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