The 224th Merseyside Derby takes place Saturday. If you are interested in the long history between these two great rivals, we have covered the Merseyside Derby several times this in season in the following articles:
Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK
12:30 PM EST, 5:30 PM in the UK
Where Can I Watch It:
NBC in the US, Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD in the UK
Everton will most likely be missing Steve Pienaar (knee) and Leon Osman (Ankle/Foot). James McCarthy, who was out with a hamstring injury, was expected to return, but has aggravated his injury during training and will now miss the vital derby match up. Manager Roberto Martinez has also confirmed that US International Tim Howard will not be risked during this match while he works to regain fitness.
Lucas Leiva was ruled out of the Wednesday FA Cup match against Bolton with a minor thigh strain. This is expected to be cleared up by Saturday. There is a chance that he might end up on the bench as a result, however. Lazar Markovic is also a doubt, having been withdrawn from the Bolton game with a potential back injury. He is to be assessed before the game. Daniel Sturridge is expected to start on the bench. Rodgers is in no hurry to rush his best striker into action and risk another injury.
The last meeting between these two rivals was on September 27th at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. The goals were scored by Steven Gerrard in the 64th minute before Everton equalized with a Phil Jagielka wonderstrike in the first minute of stoppage time.
Things to Watch For:
If Steven Gerrard plays in the match, it will be his last time playing in the Merseyside Derby before his move to LA Galaxy in the summer. He recently had his 700th appearance for Liverpool during Wednesday’s FA Cup game against Bolton.
Seamus Coleman—-John Sontes—-Phil Jagielka—-Leighton Baines
Muhamed Besic—-Gareth Barry
Steven Naismith—-Ross Barkley—-Kevin Mirallas
Emre Can—-Martin Skrtel—-Mamadou Sakho
Lazar Markovic—-Lucas Leiva—-Jordan Henderson—-Alberto Moreno
Phillipe Coutinho—-Steven Gerrard