Liverpool finally have the prospect to recommence their Premier League title charge on Sunday
once they make the short trip across Stanley Park to require on Everton within the 287th Merseyside derby.
The Reds reach Goodison Park with a 22-point lead at the highest of the table and knowing that just two more wins are going to be enough to conclude a primary top-flight crown since 1990.
Manchester City’s stroll past Arsenal on Wednesday means the Reds remain two victories away as they fix to their first game in three months.
Everton haven’t won a Merseyside derby in almost 10 years, now would be the right time to finish that run.
Whether the shortage of fans inside Goodison Park affects that form remains to be seen,
but they might certainly rather the stands be packed and therefore the atmosphere electric for the visit of Liverpool.
Relegation might not have crossed the minds of the Toffees, but it’s worth noting that victory would take them to the magic 40-point mark and will lift them into the highest half the table.
A European push isn’t completely off the cards either with only six points separating Everton from seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers,
although with five of their remaining nine games coming against teams currently above them within the table they’ll got to upset some odds along the way – starting on Sunday.
Three months may be a while in football, but shortly enough for the standard of this Liverpool team to subside.
I expect a winning return for the champions-elect, despite Carlo Ancelotti’s best work.
Newcastle United vs Liverpool Team News
Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of top-scorer Mohamed Salah for this match, with the winger not pictured in training recently and having missed a warm-up game last week.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule the Egyptian – or fellow injury doubt Andrew Robertson – out of the competition ,
but he’s unlikely to require any risks over his fitness with games coming thick and fast within the next few weeks.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Takumi Minamino could fill certain Salah should he miss out, but Divock
Origi would be hopeful of beating all of them to an area if just for his record against Everton.
The Belgian has scored five goals in only seven derby appearances, including a brace within the reverse; should he score two or more
goals again this weekend then he would become the primary Liverpool player since 1925-26 to net quite once in both league derbies within a season.
Everton also are missing some key men, with Yerry Mina, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosun, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph all sidelined for the restart.
Andre Gomes is fit after shaking off a knock, while Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will hope to select up from where they left off ahead of goal.
Richarlison and Michael Keane both netted within the Anfield reverse then could become the primary Everton players to attain
home and away against Liverpool within the same league season since Andrei Kanchelskis in 1995-96.
Newcastle United vs Liverpool Line Up
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Bernard, Gomes, Dvies, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Origi, Firmino, Mane
Newcastle United vs Liverpool H2H
Everton’s record against Liverpool may be a cloud which has hung over their head for an extended time now,
with the Toffees winless within the derby since October 2010 – a run of 18 league games and 21 across all competitions.
Six of the last seven Premier League meetings at Goodison Park have ended all square,
although Everton have did not even score within the last three of those; the last time they went four such games during a row was in 1978.
Date, time and venue
Newcastle United vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 7pm BST kick-off tonight.
The match will be behind closed doors, with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch Newcastle United vs Liverpool
TV channel: The match will be shown live for free on Sky Pick and Sky One, along with the usual Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
4:00pm, Sunday 26th July 2020.
St James’ Park, Newcastle.