The blue and red halves of Liverpool have endured shaky starts but ahead of the first Merseyside Derby of the season Liverpool fans will be feeling rather chipper about their chances of avoiding a fourth defeat in six games.
Not only do they enjoy an all-time 86-66 lead head-to-head they’ve also dominated their local rivals at Anfield during the Premier League era.
Brendan Rodgers has described his side as “a bit broken” after a stuttering start to the season.
The Reds haven’t lost at home to Everton in any competition since the last millenium. Which sounds a lot more impressive than not losing to them in 15 years, which is still pretty impressive. Last season they handed Roberto Martinez’ side a 4-0 shellacking with Daniel Sturridge bagging a brace. They’ve missed the England striker’s presence up front and Liverpool fans will be praying he’s fit to play this weekend.
In the 22 previous Premier League seasons Everton have managed just two wins at Anfield, the last of which came back in 1999.
However with a less than convincing defence and a stuttering attack, especially if Sturridge fails to make an appearance, Martinez may fancy picking up a rare away win against the Reds. Of course he’ll need his own players to get their collective act together first.