LIVE: Liverpool vs Everton | FA CUP | JAN 5th, 2019
Time: 11:00 ET Canada-USA
Starting with the hosts, putting in another dominant display and breezing past Sheffield United thanks to a 2-0 win on Thursday night, Liverpool have marched through a whole calendar year unbeaten and the mood in their camp couldnâ€™t be any high.
Opening 2020 with a commanding 13-point buffer at the top of the table and already with one hand on lifting their first Premier League title come May, Jurgen Kloppâ€™s newly crowned Club World champions have continued to save their best performances for home soil.
With a Champions League knockout tie against Atletico Madrid on the horizon, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his side win each of their last 19 matches at Anfield against Premier League opposition, a run that stems back to the 30th of January 2019. Along with both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah finding the net on Thursday, Klopp will be most impressed by his sideâ€™s newfound resolve at the back. Including their exploits at the Club World Cup, the Reds have recorded four clean sheets on the spin.
Jurgen Klopp is set to hand new arrival Takumi Minamino his Liverpool debut this weekend.
Young winger Harvey Elliot and defender Nathaniel Phillips who recently returned from his loan spell at Stuttgart could be handed a senior debut.
As for the visitors, while Everton may have left the Etihad on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat against the reigning champions, the Blues have made a string of improvements since parting ways with former boss Marco Silva.
With Carlo Ancelottiâ€™s new squad asking City a string of questions on New Yearâ€™s Day, they have skyrocketed away from the drop zone after picking up back-to-back victories over Newcastle and Burnley. With the mood around Goodison at a continued rise and the likes of Richarlison and starlet Dominic Calvert-Lewin doing an eye-catching job of leading Everton line, there is no doubt that Ancelloti will be calling on his side to find some much-needed stability on the road.
Including being hit with a 5-2 defeat when they made the trip across Stanley Park last month, Sundayâ€™s guests have lost seven of their last 10 matches against Premier League opposition while away from Goodison, the Blues have also recorded just a pair of victories on the road since the end of March.
Everton will assess Bernard, who withdrew from the starting line-up against Manchester City after being injured in the warm-up.
Fabian Delphâ€™s knee problem will also be monitored, but Morgan Schneiderlin returns following a calf injury.
LIVE: Liverpool vs Everton