Wednesday night marks the latest Merseyside Derby, a fixture that BBC Football have dubbed “the most one sided in a generation”. The Reds are top of the table by eight points and their neighbours across Stanley Park are fighting for their lives – wallowing in 17th place, just two points from the relegation zone. We take a look at three things that Liverpool can learn from Leicester v Everton. The Blues fell to a late 2-1 defeat at the King Power on Sunday.
The Ev are mentally fragile
Morale must be at rock bottom for the Toffees at the minute. Marco Silva’s side fell to a dramatic last minute winner from Kelechi Iheanacho. The Blues had led for around 45 minutes – Richarlison put them ahead with a terrific header but they just couldn’t hold on. When the Everton XI step into the Anfield cauldron they will likely wilt under the pressure.
They are toothless in attack
Just how Everton didn’t double their lead is beyond me. They had the ball in dangerous areas but they just cannot score with any regularity. Whenever they looked threatening in possession you just knew they would squander it. Alex Iwobi and Djibril Sidibe looked bright but there was no final product. When they come up against one of the best defences in Europe they are are likely to struggle further.
We can bully their midfield
Tom Davies gave the ball away carelessly to launch the attack for Leicester City’s winner. It was like watching a train crash in slow motion, the seconds were ticking away and they looked certain to have held on for a point – yet Tom Davies just ran into a blind alley and couldn’t keep the ball. Throughout the game the Everton midfield didn’t look as though they could cope when pressed, that is a terrifying sign for their gaffer with them set to come up against the pressing machine of Liverpool.