Although the Reds are currently sitting in 12th place in the EPL, they could potentially vault themselves into the top half of the standings with a victory on Sunday. Despite a rash of injuries, the Reds may be primed to make a run at the elite EPL squads. However, while their win over Reading was inspiring, Everton presents a much more difficult task.
Everton is on the brink of putting themselves in serious contention of winning a title. While they have had their mishaps against West Bromwich and even Southampton, the Toffees have played well enough to be considered among the elite squads in the EPL.
That said, Liverpool will be the best team Everton has played since their victory over Manchester United in August.
Both squads have a lot riding on this matchup. Let's take a look at everything you need to know as both teams get ready to square off at Goodison Park.
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
When: Sunday, October 28th, 10 a.m. EST
TV/Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Liverpool Must Control Midfield
Everton has outshot their opponent in every game this season. With Pepe Reina set to miss another match, it's essential that Liverpool is able to control the ball at the midfield and keep Everton away from Brad Jones. While Jones has filled in admirably for Reina, he is painfully inexperienced and may not be quite ready to play on this big of a stage.
As always for Liverpool, the key to success at the midfield is Steven Gerrard. Not only does Gerrard provide an offensive punch from up top, he has the ability to shut down one of Everton's most dangerous threats in Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini is a big, strong body at the midfield who plays physical defense and can be deadly off of headers inside his offensive box. Everton will undoubtedly try to feed him the ball off of crosses and corner kicks.
It will be essential that Steven Gerrard contains Fellaini, as the winner of that matchup will have an excellent chance of walking away with a victory.
Everton Must Overcome History
Liverpool has won five of their last seven matches against Everton at Goodison Park. With that, Liverpool beat Everton three times last season and outscored them 7-1 in those matches. While recent performance suggests Everton is the better squad, Liverpool is more than capable of pulling off the upset.
The key to the match for Everton will be containing Reds' striker Luis Suarez. Suarez is a talented player capable of creating offense in a hurry. He tends to go down easily in penalty areas and tries to win cheap free kicks. Phil Jagielka will likely be handed to task of keeping Suarez's impact to a minimum.
Liverpool will have a tough time putting the ball in the back of the net if Jagielka keeps Suarez in check. This will be the most intriguing aspect of the match on Sunday and will likely determine the winner.
Everton has outscored their opponents 24-4 in their last eight home matches. The Toffees have attained a record of 7-0-1 in that same time period.
While Liverpool has had some recent success at Goodison Park, Everton is a healthier and more talented squad. Toffees will win this match 2-1.