Everton face off against Liverpool at Goodison Park on Sunday in the Merseyside derby, with the home side desperate for three points.

The game promises to be one of the most-intense clashes in recent years, especially with the Reds being top contenders to lift the Premier League title this season.

Liverpool will go into the game as the favourites as they have been more consistent this season, but they cannot afford to take Marco Silva’s charges lightly and could be punished heavily if they get the basics wrong during the game.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will head into the contest against Everton full of confidence after having demolished Watford 5-0 on Tuesday.

The Toffees are set to welcome back centre-back Kurt Zouma, who missed his sides 3-0 win against Cardiff City on Tuesday after having served a one-match suspension, as reported by Sky Sports. 

The good news for Everton is that they have no real injury concerns ahead of the game, with veteran Leighton Baines being the only player who is definitely ruled out due to a back problem.

The 34-year-old now appears to be surplus to requirements at Goodison Park as he has so far only appeared in the Premier League six times, so his absence will not have a drastic effect on the Toffees.

The last Merseyside derby at Anfield back in December was a very close encounter which had a very dramatic twist. The game looked almost certain to end in a 0-0 stalemate before a goalkeeping error from Everton’s Jordan Pickford allowed Divock Origi to score the winner during second-half stoppage time.

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