Liverpool vs. Everton: FA Cup 2018 Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2018

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on January 1, 2018 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield on Friday in the pick of the FA Cup third-round fixtures.

The Reds drew 1-1 with the Toffees at home in the Premier League on December 10 and both sides will be eager to avoid a repeat result, which would necessitate a replay.

Read on for a closer look at the two sides ahead of the clash, but first here are the viewing details you need to catch the action:

                                 

Date: Friday, January 5

Time: 7:55 p.m. GMT/2:55 p.m. ET

TV: BBC One (UK), Fox Soccer 1 USA

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), Fox Sports Go (USA)

                                      

Preview

Liverpool come into the tie in strong form having won their last three matches, which included a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City on Boxing Day followed by a 2-1 comeback win over Leicester City and a victory by the same scoreline at Burnley.

The Guardian's Sachin Nakrani hailed their recent showings:

So, too, did Goal's Melissa Reddy, who noted the impressive unbeaten run the Reds are on:

Liverpool have not lost a match since the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on October 22.

By contrast, the Toffees' recent form has left much to be desired after they initially made a strong start to life under Sam Allardyce.

Everton have not managed a win in their last four and lost to Manchester United and Bournemouth in their last two outings.

Bleacher Report's Matt Jones was unhappy with their approach against the Red Devils on Monday:

The Toffees could raise their game somewhat against their local rivals, but it does not bode well for them heading into the Anfield clash.

What could play into their hands is the ongoing speculation over Philippe Coutinho's future. The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Barcelona and will not feature in the Merseyside derby, according to Sky Sports' Guillem Balague:

His absence deprives the Reds of one of their chief creators, and the transfer saga also presents an unwelcome distraction others may look to capitalise on.

Liverpool will need to be able to put that aside during the match or they run the risk of an early cup exit at the hands of their local rivals.