Liverpool v Everton

14 January 2011 12:59
Liverpool will go into their first home game since Kenny Dalglish's return without captain Steven Gerrard, who is serving the second of a three-game ban.Fellow midfielder Joe Cole could return after missing the defeat at Blackpool with an ankle injury. [LNB]Everton manager David Moyes is waiting on the fitness of defender Phil Jagielka, who has missed the last two games with a thigh injury. [LNB]Tim Cahill is again absent as he is on international duty with Australia. [LNB][LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Suspended: Gerrard (two matches) Doubtful: Cole (ankle) [LNB]Injured: Carragher (shoulder), Spearing (ankle) [LNB]Everton[LNB]Doubtful: Jagielka (thigh) [LNB]Injured/unavailable: Barkley (leg), Cahill (international duty) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW With two defeats in two games, Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool comeback is not following the fairytale script that Kopites had been hoping for when his appointment was announced last weekend. [LNB] Obviously there's a big story about coming back to Anfield for the first game which is going to be fantastic for myself. It will probably be very emotional as well to stand in front of the punters Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish With his first match back taking place at Manchester United and his first home game seeing Everton visit Anfield, Dalglish could not have had a tougher start, and the midweek defeat at Blackpool has made matters worse. [LNB]Dalglish's last three matches of his previous spell as Liverpool manager all came against Everton - now he must rally his troops to prevent the Toffees from recording their first victory at Anfield this century and their first double over the Reds since 1984/85. [LNB]Liverpool's cause is made harder by the absence of their suspended captain Steven Gerrard, although Fernando Torres's midweek goal will have provided a glimmer of hope. [LNB]Everton are also without their talisman and top scorer, Tim Cahill, who has been the Toffees' most successful derby player in the post-war era but who is currently on international duty with Australia. With the Blues struggling for league goals, he will be sorely missed, although manager David Moyes will hope the five-goal haul at Scunthorpe in the FA Cup is a sign his strikers are rediscovering their form. [LNB]If that is the case, Moyes could be on for something he has failed to achieve in eight previous attempts - a victory at Anfield - a result which would further derail the Dalglish dream. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Everton are looking for their first double over Liverpool since the 1984/85 campaign - Kenny Dalglish played for the Reds in both 1-0 defeats that season. [LNB]• There were two sendings-off (Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Steven Pienaar) in the corresponding fixture last season, which Liverpool won 1-0. There have been 10 red cards in the last 12 league meetings - and more in this fixture (19) than any other in the Premier League. [LNB]• The last four league meetings at Anfield have produced just four goals in total. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on Sunday's derby Liverpool[LNB]• Liverpool have lost four of their last five Premier League matches. They have lost 10 matches this season, their most defeats at this stage of a top-flight season for 57 years - that season, they were relegated. [LNB]• The Reds have won five of their last six league games at Anfield. [LNB]• Fernando Torres is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool. He has scored 63 goals in 99 appearances. [LNB]• The Reds go into the game without Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. They have played in the last 19 fixtures against Everton since both missed the 1-1 draw at Anfield in February 2002. [LNB]• As a player, Kenny Dalglish scored five goals for Liverpool against Everton. As a manager, he has faced the Toffees 20 times (W11 D6 L3) [LNB]Everton[LNB]• Everton have lost just three of their 11 Premier League away matches this season - only Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have lost fewer. [LNB]• The Toffees have drawn 10 games in this season's Premier League, the joint-highest tally. [LNB]• Everton have been awarded one penalty at Anfield in the last 73 years - Wayne Clarke scored it in December 1988. [LNB]• Leighton Baines has seven Premier League assists this season, more than any other defender. [LNB]• Sylvain Distin is set to make his 400th appearance for an English club. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Gerrard: 8 goals (4 league); Ngog: 8 goals (2 league) [LNB][LNB]Everton[LNB]Cahill: 9 goals (9 league); Coleman: 5 goals (3 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Phil Dowd [LNB]Assistant referees: Ceri Richards & Martin Yerby [LNB]Fourth official: Lee Mason [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Liverpool (L1-2 v Blackpool, a): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Kelly, Meireles, Poulsen (Ngog 85), Lucas, Jovanovic, Torres, Kuyt (Shelvey 76). Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Konchesky, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, Wilson. [LNB]Everton (W2-1 v Tottenham): Howard, Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar (Osman 86), Saha (Rodwell 88), Beckford (Yakubu 77). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Anichebe.

Source: BBC_Sport