Times have changed, this would be a complete explanation of this fixture. From the 1984 league cup final where both the sides’ fans were singing "Merseyside, Merseyside" , to the Heysel disaster, after which Liverpool fans were taunted by the Blues, this rivalry has passed certain times, but with more direct transfers between the two clubs than any other side, this match has got everything for a proper Finale.
Having an eye on this weekend premier league matches, this match is much important as compared to when the two sides play a season ago. As Arsenal face a strong Southampton side, with Tottenham facing Manchester City and Manchester United away to Cardiff City, this can be a perfect win for either of the teams to show their mettle.
Arguably, since the early 80’s, this match has come at the time when both the teams are clinging to the top of the Premier league. In addition to that, that phase of Premier league is gonna be kicked off which could be the deciding term, come end of May 2014.
Everton’s home form could be a bit of concern for the Reds faithful, with the blues winning 4 out of the last 6, including a notable win over Chelsea. Everton have failed to score in the last two games, including a disappointing one against lowly Palace. But if you look at this particular fixture, it is their defense that is gonna play a key part if they have to get anything from this match. But as they are unbeaten at home this season, this is going to be a real test for Brendan Rodgers
Injuries and Formation:
With Gibson, Kone and Alcaraz on the sidelines, Everton have no fresh injury scares. Everton are expected to stick with 4-2-3-1, a formation which has added stability more than anything else to the side.
With the International break just passed us, Liverpool have won 1 and drawn 2 in the immediate match after 3 International breaks this season. Blame fatigue or anything else, International break has taken its toll from the Reds. With Suarez back in time thanks to John W Henry, Liverpool would be looking to finish the derby as league leaders. However, their away form is a bit of concern, they have won just two of the last 5 away fixtures. But with the arrival of Coutinho and Johnson just before the break, this is a stat that is severely under danger.
Injuries and Formation:
With Enrique out for a long term due to a knee injury, this is going to be a big blow for the Reds. Jon Flannagan is expected to start with Johnson out on wide left in this case. Joe Allen is back and can play a small part in the derby. Rodgers has underlined his forthcoming rotation policy, but still changes at the back look doomed after an impressive clean sheet against Fulham.
4-4-2 could be employed again with Coutinho out on the wide left. But 3-5-2 is also on the cards considering Everton defensive mentality.