Liverpool cross Stanley Park in midweek for a first reunion with former boss Rafael Benitez since the Spaniard took over fierce rivals Everton.
The Reds kept the pace with the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Southampton at the weekend while the Toffees slipped to their sixth defeat of the season against Brentford.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side didn’t enjoy the best of form in the Merseyside derby last campaign drawing 2-2 away and losing 2-0 at Anfield.
This fixture last term also saw both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago suffer long-term injuries while Jordan Henderson had a late winner ruled out by VAR.
This Premier League clash will take place on Wednesday, December 1.
The first Merseyside derby of the season will be held at Goodison Park with a kick-off time of 8:15pm.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League away games against Everton, since a 2-0 loss in October 2010.
Everton v Liverpool: Team news
Everton have been plagued by injuries recently with Tom Davies the latest to suffer a problem during training and he missed the Brentford defeat.
Abdoulaye Doucoure did return at the weekend but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still in the treatment room dealing with an ongoing ankle issue.
Yerry Mina (hamstring) and Andre Gomes (calf) are both out but Demarai Gray recovered from a groin injury to feature on Saturday.
Liverpool are waiting on Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez to make their returns from injury.
Harvey Elliott remains Liverpool’s only long-term absentee.
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Everton v Liverpool: Match facts
- Everton won 2-0 in their last Premier League game against Liverpool, ending a 20-game winless run against them in the competition. They’ve not won back-to-back league Merseyside derbies since beating them in both meetings in the 1984-85 campaign.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League away games against Everton, since a 2-0 loss in October 2010. However, eight of their last nine such visits have finished level, including each of the last four in a row.
- In Premier League history, Everton vs Liverpool has seen more red cards (22) and been drawn more often (24) than any other fixture. The Merseyside derby has also seen more 90th-minute winning goals than any other match in the competition, with all of these being scored by Liverpool – Ronny Rosenthal (1993), Gary McAllister (2001), Dirk Kuyt (2007), Sadio Mané (2016) and Divock Origi (2018).
- Everton have only lost one of their last 13 midweek (Tue, Wed, Thu) Premier League games (W7 D5), going down 3-1 against Manchester City in February last season.
- Liverpool have scored at least twice in each of their last 17 games in all competitions, the joint-longest such run in history by an English top-flight side (level with Sunderland in 1927).
- Liverpool have won four Premier League games by 4+ goals this season – twice as many as they managed in the whole of last season (2), and already one more than they did in their title winning season of 2019-20 (3).
- Liverpool lost their last away league game 3-2 at West Ham, but haven’t lost consecutive Premier League games on the road since February 2017 (vs Hull and Leicester). However, the Reds have scored at least twice in each of their last nine Premier League away games, and could become just the second team to do so in 10 consecutive games in the competition after Manchester United (11 between June-December 2020).
- Everton manager Rafael Benítez has won just one of his 10 Premier League games against sides he’s previously managed (D3 L6), beating Chelsea 3-0 with Newcastle in May 2018. Meanwhile, former Liverpool managers have lost 13 of their last 14 Premier League games against the Reds, with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester winning 3-1 last season in the other.
- Only Mohamed Salah (11) has scored more Premier League goals for Liverpool than Diogo Jota this season (7), with the Portuguese forward bagging eight goals in his last 11 starts in the competition for the Reds.
- Mohamed Salah has either scored or assisted a goal in each of his last six away games in the Premier League (7 goals, 5 assists). No Liverpool player has ever registered a goal involvement in seven consecutive away appearances in the competition before.
Klopp says the intensity of the Merseyside derby is ‘too much’ for him.
“It’s always a completely different game, so I really very often don’t like the intensity of the game, it’s too much for me.
“I like physical football, I have no problem with that, we play that, other teams play that, but in that game very often people put too much in.
“I can’t say it’s my favourite game of the year to be honest, because of that.
“But we have the chance to watch Everton tomorrow, we will prepare for the game and will try to make a normal but good football game.”