Everton will entertain Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon hoping to pick up maximum points and continue their 100% winning start to this Premier League campaign. The Toffees earned a comfortable 4-2 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion before the international break which will give them a lot of confidence heading into this weekend’s highly anticipated Merseyside derby.
Carlo Ancelotti will probably set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation with both Allan and Andre Gomes expected to return to his starting XI for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s men. However, it won’t be an easy game for the home side as they will come up against a wounded Liverpool team that got hammered 7-2 away at Aston Villa earlier this month.
4-3-3 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Liverpool
Jordan Pickford will lineup in goal for the Toffees despite conceding seven goals in his first four starts of this season. Yerry Mina is a major doubt for this game and will be in a race against time to be fit to start this match alongside Michael Keane at the heart of the Everton backline. The defensive duo will have to find a way to neutralise the threat of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah during the 90 minutes.
Ancelotti will be sweating on the fitness of both his first-choice full-backs as Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne are significant concerns ahead of this weekend’s derby. If they can pass a late fitness test, then Coleman will start at right-back while Digne looks to produce another productive showing as the left-back.
The Toffees would welcome back both Andre Gomes and Allan as they operate in midfield along with Abdoulaye Doucoure while trying to dominate the battle at the centre of the park. All three of them have begun this campaign on a positive fashion, so their confidence will be sky-high heading into this upcoming showdown versus Jurgen Klopp’s players.
Tom Davies and Fabian Delph are expected to be named on the bench as they provide cover for the midfield positions and await their chance to make an impact in the second half if needed.
The Everton frontline would be comprised of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez. They will all look to interchange possession with each other to cook up some meaningful openings in the final third.
Calvert-Lewin has been a goal-scoring machine for the Toffees after scoring six goals in four league matches so far this season. He will fancy his chances of exploiting the Liverpool defence that shipped in seven goals against the Villans before the international break.