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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs Everton

After beating the hosts RB Leipzig Fc in the First Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are scheduled to play in the Premier League against the visitors Everton Fc.

Date: 20 February 2021 (Saturday) ; Time: 5:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, England.

After recovering from their respective injuries; Ben Davies, Divock Origi and Caoimhin Kelleher were among the unused substitutes for the Reds clash with the hosts RB Leipzig Fc in the First Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16.

However, Jürgen Klopp might resist the temptation to make any changes for the Merseyside home encounter with Everton Fc (The Toffees).

No one connected with the Reds needs to be reminded on what happened when the Reds played against the hosts Everton Fc in October 2020.

Despite ending in a 2-2 draw, the game itself was marred with VAR Controversies as the Reds were robbed of a well deserved win.

Worse of all, Thiago Alcântara and Virgil Van Dijk got injured with latter still ruled out for the foreseeable future.

The last time the Toffees beat the Reds at Anfield was way back in September 1999 (Premier League 1999-2000 Season), after a goal from Kevin Campbell consigned the Reds to a 0-1 loss.

Since their 2-0 away loss in October 2010 (Premier League 2010-11), the Reds maintain an unbeaten record over the Toffees.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Due to an unspecified minor muscle issue, Fabinho was sidelined before the Leicester City Fc away game. Before considering the versatile Brazilian for Team Selection; the Club will reassess his fitness prior to the Toffees home clash.

James Milner was ruled out after sustaining a hamstring injury during the First Half of the Leicester City Fc away Match. The Veteran will be out of action for an indeterminate period.

After sustaining ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away clash; Joël Matip has been sidelined for the rest of the Season.

Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk have stepped up their rehabilitation; after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees but the Duo remains ruled out for an unspecified period.

The Club has been reluctant to put a timescale on the return of the Defensive Trio but they are unlikely to play this Season.

After sustaining a knee injury during the FC Midtjylland away encounter; Diogo Jota is still weeks away from returning back in action, despite stepping up his rehabilitation.

After recovering from an unspecified muscle related issue, Naby Keïta returned to training but was not considered for the Reds clash with the hosts RB Leipzig Fc in the First Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16.

In a bid to help them to be fully fit, the Reds has opted to shown patience for Jota and Keïta.

 

Verdict: The Blues under Carlo Ancelotti started well this Season but their indifferent form eventually saw them lingering in the mid-table of the Premier League but a European Spot for the next Season is certainly not out of their grips.

Overall as a Manager, Ancelotti boasts a formidable record against Klopp as both managers beat each other 3 times.

Besides being a strange Season (mainly due to the effects of COVID-19), the Reds had been on the wrong end of many embarrassing records (which includes their recent 7-2 loss to the hosts Aston Villa Fc).

With the manner of how Ancelotti set up his team by playing aggressive football and at the same time be defensively compact; the Reds unbeaten Merseyside record over the Toffees could be under some serious threat.

Since drawing with the visitors Manchester United Fc, the Reds has lost 3 successive Premier League home games and are currently battling for the Champions League spot for the next Season.

 

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