When the fixture list came out prior to the start of the season, it may not have been a great surprise if someone would have told you that the Merseyside derby would feature a side topping the Premier League table.
However, if you’d have learned that side to be Everton, you’d have been taken aback.
The Toffees have been perfect – four wins from four and playing some brilliant football under Carlo Ancelotti.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin can’t stop scoring and, in James Rodriguez, Everton have a bona-fide superstar.
Liverpool are three points off their local rivals after being drubbed 7-2 by Aston Villa prior the international break.
Will the Reds hit back? Or will the Blues continue their sensational start to the campaign?
Our reporters have had their say…
Simon Mullock – Everton 2-2 Liverpool
Everton’s record against their rivals is atrocious – and illustrates the gap in quality between the two teams in recent years.
But the Blues are now a different beast under Carlo Ancelotti and I can see them giving Liverpool plenty of problems at Goodison.
Jurgen Klopp will be looking for response of his own after the meltdown at Villa so I’m predicting an exciting game with goals to end all-square.
Neil Moxley – Everton 1-1 Liverpool
In recent times, the Merseyside derby has been a more cagey affair than you would think, particularly at Goodison Park.
And particularly when Sam Allardyce was in charge.
There’s no reason for Everton to change their winning formula. Carlo Ancelotti has a full hand of players available to him.
Strangely, Liverpool are the ones who have questions to answer. Shipping seven goals when you are the reigning champions is not a good look.
It’s difficult to see anything other than another tight affair. Sorry to have splinters in my backside but it’s 1-1 for me.
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James Nursey – Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool will be stung and anxious to respond from their 7-2 embarrassment at Aston Villa but table-topping Everton are bang in form and confidence.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the home side strike first through a fired up Dominic Calvert-Lewin , who should be fresh after only being a late sub for England against Denmark.
Liverpool could take a while to hit their stride in the game after the break but i can see them fighting back to level in the second half, perhaps through Mo Salah, in a tight game which maybe a bit of anti-climax with no fans in the ground at Goodison.
Andy Dunn – Everton 3-1 Liverpool
Having had a ringside seat for Aston Villa’s savaging of the champions, it is hard to erase the fresh memory of Liverpool’s stark vulnerability that evening.
Their overwhelming modern superiority in derby matches is there for all to see but so was the ease with which Villa bypassed Jurgen Klopp’s defence.
In all competitions at Goodison Park this season, Everton are four for four, having scored 16 goals.
If there are worries about Jordan Pickford, there should be more serious worries about Adrian.
It all points to a rare Everton triumph.
David Maddock – Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Seven of the last eight derbies at Goodison have ended in a draw, and the last three there ended 0-0, so it’s a fair bet another draw is on the cards – especially given Ancelotti has had success against Liverpool with Napoli by keeping it tight.
Mike Walters – Everton 0-0 Liverpool
If in doubt about the Merseyside derby, always go for the Shakespeare option: Much ado about nothing-nothing.
Do you seriously think Liverpool are going to concede seven again after their black sabbath at Aston Villa? No chance.
And just because Everton have not won a derby for 10 years, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they will break their duck now.
This fixture was a colossal bore behind closed doors after lockdown, and although I expect more tempo and urgency this time, both managers – for different reasons – will have a clean sheet as their top priority.
Sadly, their wishes are likely to be granted.
David Anderson – Everton 1-2 Liverpool
Evertonians will feel this is their best chance of ending their 10-year wait for a win in the Merseyside derby.
Carlo Ancelotti is working his magic, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is banging them in and James Rodriguez, arguably the best signing of the transfer window, is pulling the strings.
Ancelotti has successfully changed Everton’s mindset and they had an inferiority complex when it came to Liverpool, which meant they were often beaten before they left the dressing room.
A packed Goodison would have helped Everton and it would have been a fantastic atmosphere because of the Blues’ flying start.
It would be wrong, though, to write off Liverpool because of their 7-2 hammering by Aston Villa and the world’s best team in 2019 has not suddenly become a bad one overnight.
Liverpool were awful that night, unrecognisable from Klopp’s all-conquering side, and they could easily have lost by double figures.
Klopp won’t need to do a team talk after that debacle and the players will be fired up to prove to everyone that defeat was a freak result.
Skipper Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane will also return to add experience, character and class to the side.
Adrian will still be in goal and I can see goals for both sides because they are both better in attack than in defence.
I think Everton will finally score their first goal against Klopp at Goodison and the run of three successive goalless draws will come to an end.
But I feel Liverpool will have just that bit more firepower in the shoot-out and back them to win.
Mark Jones – Everton 1-2 Liverpool
The law of averages hangs heavily over this derby.
The last three meetings at Goodison Park have all ended 0-0, so surely that won’t happen again?
Everton have won their last seven matches in all competitions so that run has to end somewhere, right?
Liverpool conceded seven goals in a match for the first time since 1963 in their last game, so that definitely won’t happen again. Well, almost definitely.
And on Saturday it will be exactly 10 years to the day since Everton last won a Merseyside derby, when Roy Hodgson’s Reds were beaten 2-0 at Goodison. That run will have to end some time.
But this time? No.
Everton are progressing at a steady rate and look as though they’re in for a pretty good season, but Liverpool will have three of their best players returning here and are simply the better side.
In fact if Everton take the game to Liverpool in this fixture for once then it might end up playing into the visitors’ hands.
If they play at anywhere near the level they did when beating Chelsea and Arsenal, the Reds will have too much.