Liverpool vs Everton

Liverpool Odds Preview Against Everton

League leaders Liverpool host Everton for the second Merseyside Derby of the year in the FA Cup third round. Liverpool was knocked out in the third-round last year 2-1 by Wolves while Everton reached the fourth round before getting knocked out by Championship side Millwall. 

Liverpool last won the FA Cup in 2006 while Everton’s last FA Cup triumph was in 1995; coincidentally the last time they won a trophy. 

Things have changed massively for both clubs since their last FA Cup wins with Liverpool going to win the UEFA Champions League last year and are on track to win their first Premier League title in record-breaking fashion this season. 

Everton, on the other hand, has had a range of managers in the last few years, as well as having a club takeover led by billionaire Farhad Moshiri who has invested over £400 million into the club, only for them to sack Ronald Koeman and Marco Silva under his reign. 

Everton is now managed by their most high-profile managers of all time and one of the best managers of his generation in Carlo Ancelotti who was appointed this year. 

It’s differing eras for both Liverpool and Everton with Liverpool on top once again, however, everybody knows that status and form goes out of the window in derbies, especially in the Merseyside derby. 

I can say that but unfortunately, Everton somehow doesn’t agree as it’s been almost 10 years since they’ve beaten Liverpool in all competitions. Their last win over Liverpool was a 2-0 home win on October 17th, 2010. Despite Liverpool’s dominance, especially over Everton over the past decade and before that, that record in a derby should never be the case, no matter how dominant or superior the better team may be. 

Going into the game, Liverpool won their 11th straight league game, defeating Sheffield United 2-0, via goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Everton suffered their first defeat under Carlo Ancelotti midweek in a 2-1 loss away to Manchester City. 

In their last six Premier League meetings, Liverpool has won three and drawn three with Everton. 

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool advancing to the fourth round of the FA Cup opens at -134, making them favorites. Odds on Everton claiming their first win over Everton in almost a decade opens at +320, according to sportsbooks. Odds on the full-time result being a draw opens at +300. 

 How Dangerous is Liverpool’s Rotation Squad? 

We’ve seen Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp regularly rotate his squad in domestic competitions throughout his reign beginning in 2015. Liverpool’s squad depth at the beginning of Klopp’s reign was threadbare and wasn’t able to compete against stronger sides in the domestic cup competitions. 

Fast forward to 2019, Klopp’s rotation squad involves the likes of new signing Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Adam Lallana. Those aforementioned players are Premier League starting players and most of them have been earlier in the careers. 

They provide incredible value to Klopp and the team to produce quality minutes and to steer the ship when the stars of the team are rested.