Terrible for much of the season, fresh from a belief-inducing win over the league leaders, will Everton’s audacious new manager bounce continue against Liverpool on Monday? I mean, it’s got to be worth a look, right?
Last weekend, following a winless streak dating back to October, the troubled Toffees faced Arsenal in their first game under Sean Dyche – and nabbed the win.
Klopp’s side have lost three of their last four in the Prem
Now, with Everton re-energised by Dyche – who knew a zero tolerance policy for hats and snoods could be so powerful? – the side face their Merseyside rivals. And it’s fair to say it’s a good time to be taking on Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost three of their last four in the Prem, and remain winless in the league in 2023. They’ve scored one goal in that run.
If you’re thinking that some perspective is required here, and that Liverpool are unlikely to prove so easy to overcome at Anfield – well, they did lose to Leeds here back in October.
Everton also won at Anfield in 2021, back when Liverpool were experiencing another startlingly poor run.
The lack of a home crowd might have contributed to a run of six home defeats back then, of course. But it’s also a reminder that when things go awry for Klopp, it’s wise not to rule anything out.
This could result in a classic smash-and-grab
Playing against rivals that the Liverpool players should be desperate to beat, this is an obvious opportunity for the hosts to demonstrate their commitment to the cause.
But there’s also a sense that after last week’s result, Everton players are fully on board with the new coach’s vision. If Liverpool aren’t on it, this could result in a classic smash-and-grab for the visitors.
One headache for the new coach is a source of goals. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to be missing for this one with a hamstring injury; there again, Dyche’s Everton are probably set to be reliant on frantic, scrappy goals bundled in from frantic, scrappy set-pieces. The striker’s absence may not prove disastrous.
If Liverpool perform at the same underwhelming levels that they’ve recently shown, another stunning setback could be on the cards. Take a chance on Everton to win at 4/1.
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