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Liverpool’s dismal 2023 continued with a recent defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers
Everton began the Sean Dyche era with a win but they remain in the bottom three
Everton could have success against a Liverpool defense that has flattered to deceive
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Liverpool have been struggling defensively for some time, and a buoyant Everton side could take advantage.
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When Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-1 in their first game back after World Cup 2022, the hope was that it would kick-start a winning run that would soon send Jurgen Klopp’s team back into the top four of the Premier League.
Needless to say, the subsequent weeks have not gone to plan. Liverpool are now 11 points adrift of the Champions League qualification places. By the time this fixture kicks off on Monday, they may well have dropped into the bottom half of the table - that is the fate awaiting the Reds if Aston Villa upset the odds to beat Manchester City a day earlier.
Since the turn of the year, Liverpool have taken one point from a possible 12 in the top flight. Even that solitary draw had a touch of fortune about it: Chelsea were the better team when they drew 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield last month.
January also saw Klopp’s side knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton & Hove Albion. Their only remaining chance of silverware this season is via the Champions League, but Liverpool are playing nowhere near well enough right now to challenge for that prize. Moreover, a last-16 tie with Real Madrid is not what Klopp would have wished for.
Liverpool look like a shadow of their former selves at present. That characteristic intensity has been lacking in their recent performances. The Reds have been sloppy defensively, insipid in attack, and ineffectual in midfield. That is a recipe for underachievement.
Klopp insists he wants to oversee the rebuild that is needed, but the usually-ebullient German has looked short of energy of late.
There is no doubting the manager’s genius, but Klopp will need to dig deep into his reserves to give his team the lift they so clearly need. Liverpool are stuck in a rut right now and there is no easy way out.
The mood at Everton is a little brighter, even though they remain in the relegation zone. Sean Dyche’s first game in charge could not have gone any better last weekend. Facing Premier League title favorites Arsenal at Goodison Park, a header from James Tarkowski in the second half brought Everton all three points.
It was a fully deserved win too. Dyche had only had a few days to work with his squad, but you could already see his fingerprints all over the performance. Everton were aggressive and organized out of possession, and they looked to move the ball forward quickly when they had it.
They made the most of set pieces, looking threatening from several corners even aside from the one they scored from, and they defended with discipline and diligence. It was the type of display that Dyche’s Burnley used to deliver a few times a season.
The appointment of a manager who has regularly kept teams in the Premier League has had a positive effect on Everton’s standing with the best online sportsbooks, although the Toffees remain among the three favorites to go down.
That shows that they are by no means out of trouble just yet, despite that unexpected triumph over Arsenal last time out. There is still plenty of soccer still to be played this term and no one at Goodison Park should get ahead of themselves.
Indeed, Everton are in this position for a reason. They have only occasionally played well this season, and a lack of goals could yet come back to haunt them - only Wolverhampton Wanderers have found the back of the net less often. Still, Dyche’s arrival has raised spirits as the Toffees attempt to climb above the dreaded dotted line
Virgil van Dijk was not enjoying his best season before he got injured against Brentford in January, but Liverpool’s backline has been even more open since he entered the treatment room.
Some of the defending in the 3-0 loss to Wolves was calamitous. Individual errors made everything worse, but even more alarming were the structural deficiencies that allowed their opponents to register a comfortable victory.
Liverpool have kept one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches. Remarkably, in three of their last four top-flight games, they have conceded three goals. Klopp’s team used to be renowned for their defensive solidity, but they have been far too easy to play against of late.
That should give Everton hope ahead of Monday’s game. They do not have a very good record at Anfield, having won just once there since 1999. But Liverpool are struggling right now and this is a decent time to play them.
Back both teams to score in what promises to be an intriguing Merseyside derby. Liverpool should be able to find the back of the net in front of their own fans, but a clean sheet could elude them once again.
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Teams: Liverpool vs Everton
Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Date and Time: Monday, 13 February 2023, 3.00 PM EST
How to Watch: USA Network
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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