Big Match Preview - FA Cup - Liverpool vs Everton 6 Jan

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Jan 03, 2018, 04:28 PM Last Edit: Jan 03, 2018, 04:48 PM by Bensergi
Liverpool vs Everton
6 Jan, Saturday, 3:55am

This 3rd round blockbuster will provide Liverpool an opportunity to put to bed one of FA Cup's more curious stats. The Reds have never beaten Everton in an FA Cup tie at Anfield!

In fact, the last time the Toffees lost at that ground in domestic cup action goes way back to 1892, when Anfield was still their home stadium!

The two most recent FA Cup encounters at Anfield were in 2009 and 1991. Both ended in 1-1 and 4-4 draws respectively.

Overall, Liverpool lead with 10 wins in FA Cup meetings. Everton are not far behind with seven. Six others ended in draws.

Could this Merseyside derby see the blooding of the world's most expensive defender? Virgil van Dijk officially became a Livepool player on New Year's Day but didn't feature in the nervy 2-1 win over Burnley.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is not a hurried man as he gradually integrate the 26-year-old into the fast-paced EPL.

Big Team News:

Both Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho picked up injuries in Saturday's 2-1 win at home to Leicester.

But that has not stopped Klopp from giving Salah and Sadio Mane the go-ahead to attend the African Football Player of the Year awards ceremony in Ghana less than 24 hours before kick-off.

Liverpool are without long-term absentees Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne, as well as injured duo Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson.

Everton leader Wayne Rooney will get a hot reception no doubt, having scored a late penalty in the teams' 1-1 league draw in December. The Toffees, who have recovered from a disappointing start, are also without Leighton Baines, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman.

Big Stat 1:
Klopp's side are on their longest unbeaten run since the German took over in 2015, going 16 games without defeat.

Big Stat 2:
In the 1-1 draw, Everton enjoyed just 21% ball possession, their lowest in a EPL match since 2003.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Everton


Match Stats:

  • Liverpool 2-1 Everton
  • Shots: 14-4
  • Possession: 61%-39%
  • Corner kicks: 14-4

Virgil van Dijk made a dream start for Liverpool following his £75m move from Southampton as his late header settled a highly competitive FA Cup third round Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.

The visitors looked on course for a replay at Goodison Park until keeper Jordan Pickford misjudged a corner allowing Van Dijk, who cost a world record fee for a defender, to steal in six minutes from time and send the Reds into the fourth round.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's smooth finish from the edge of the area had put Everton level in the second half after Liverpool had taken the lead 10 minutes before half-time, with James Milner scoring from the penalty spot following Mason Holgate's tangle with Adam Lallana.

It also marked Liverpool's first ever FA Cup win over Everton at Anfield.

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