Gini Wijnaldum believes Goodison Park atmosphere will spur on The Reds

Gini Wijnaldum believes Goodison Park atmosphere will spur on The Reds

Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum thinks the hostile atmosphere at Goodison Park this Sunday will only serve to motivate Jurgen Klopp's team even more for the game. Wijnaldum was interviewed by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo ahead of the 233rd Merseyside derby this weekend. When it was highlighted to Wijnaldum just how much the blue half of Liverpool would want to damage The Reds' title charge, Wijnaldum said:
“Yeah, but we want to defeat them badly too. “So it works …
The Reds' possible starting eleven against Everton this Sunday

The Reds' possible starting eleven against Everton this Sunday

Is this how Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp will line The Reds up for the Merseyside derby at Everton this weekend? Liverpool and Everton played out an extremely tight and tense game at Anfield back in early-December. A 96th-minute winner from super-sub Divock Origi gave Liverpool a priceless 1-0 victory and started Klopp's men on an eight-game winning streak in all competitions. 2019 has proved a tougher proposition so far for Liverpool, however. Yet, on Wednesday night, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and …
The Tale of Divock Origi and The Merseyside Derby

The Tale of Divock Origi and The Merseyside Derby

The Divock Origi substitution was getting close to the Joël Matip substitution when it comes to things that are almost a parody. Just as bringing Matip on in the 90th minute of any requisite game to shore up a 2-0 win doesn’t really make that much sense, neither does throwing on Divock Origi when you’re desperate for a goal or two late in games. It reeks of desperation. I even joked that Belgium were reaching into LFC’s desperation tactics book when …
Liverpool v Everton Preview - Derby-day disappointment, but for who?

Liverpool v Everton Preview - Derby-day disappointment, but for who?

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Chris Kavanagh Date & Time - Sunday, December 2nd @ 16:15 Current Odds - Liverpool 4/11, Draw 4/1, Everton 8/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have been battling along on the home front while three consecutive away defeats in the Champions League has left their progression beyond the group stages in that competition in doubt ahead of their last game with Napoli next month. The Reds are still just two points behind the seemingly-unstoppable machine that is …
The Game That Time Will Forget | Everton 0 Liverpool 0

The Game That Time Will Forget | Everton 0 Liverpool 0

Last month saw the release of Tony Evans’ Two Tribes book. It looks at the 1985-86 season set against the backdrop of social and political turmoil in and around the city at the time. Despite the shame of Heysel, the impact of Thatcherism and a city still reeling from Liverpool City Council’s war with Westminster, there was plenty to be proud about. The music scene – both here and in nearby Manchester - had never been stronger as young Liverpool …
Is Momentum Building Again Under Klopp?

Is Momentum Building Again Under Klopp?

International breaks are a bit of a curate's egg. Now, that is supposed to mean that there are both good and bad aspects to them and yet the origin of the expression yields a meaning far closer to this columnist's opinion of the all-too-frequent Premier League interruptions. Apparently, the turn of phrase comes from an 1895 Punch cartoon which depicted a meek and sycophantic curate, who, despite being given a stale egg at the bishop's dining table, obsequiously assured his …
Mane's Merseyside Derby Winner: A Defining Moment Come May?

Mane's Merseyside Derby Winner: A Defining Moment Come May?

Those thumpings of Leicester, Hull and Watford were a joy, as were the pleasantly surprising wins at Arsenal and Chelsea, but none come close to what we witnessed against Everton on Monday. A stoppage time victory away to your local rivals, in which the away end goes ballistic, is just perfect. You don’t sleep for hours after the game due to the flow of adrenalin, title rivals are left seething at one point turning into three and anything feels possible. …
Everton v Liverpool - A Statistical Preview

Everton v Liverpool - A Statistical Preview

Liverpool head into the Merseyside derby on the back of a highly impressive 3-0 win in midweek. Admittedly Middlesbrough weren’t the toughest opposition Jurgen Klopp and his men will face this season, but the ruthless and stylish manner of their win will not have gone unnoticed amongst their title rivals. Everton have made a habit of doing Liverpool favours in their home games over the past few weeks. Taking points from both Manchester United and Arsenal has only aided the …
Everton v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Everton v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

It doesn't get much bigger than this. Well maybe it does, for Liverpool, but definitely not for Everton. Derby day is among the most special of the season and this time, both sides head into the big day in good spirits. The Blues arrested an awful run of form with a big win against Arsenal on Tuesday and Liverpool won their first game in three with a clinical display at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough. But as the old cliche …
The Everton Rivalry is Turning Sour

The Everton Rivalry is Turning Sour

Football needs rivalry. It adds an extra element to occasion. Winning is incentive enough but bragging rights and pride being up for grabs just intensifies it. As a Liverpool fan whenever the fixtures are released at the start of the season I instinctively look for the matches against Manchester United and Everton. The feelings towards both clubs are completely different. The United matches are fuelled by hatred and a tinge of jealousy. Jealous because of the success they've had since …