The Emirates FA Cup – third Round
Friday 5th January – Venue: Anfield
Kick off 7.55pm
The Blues take on Liverpool at Anfield on Friday in the pick of the FA Cup third-round fixtures.
The Blues drew 1-1 in the Premier League on December 10 and will be looking to go one better when the sides meet tonight.
Liverpool come into the tie in strong form having won their last three matches, which included a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea on Boxing Day followed by a 2-1 comeback win over Leicester and then a further victory by the same scoreline against Burnley.
Liverpool have not lost a since October when fell to a 4-1 defeat against Tottenham.
By contrast, the Blues form has left much to be desired after they initially made a strong start to under Sam Allardyce.
Everton have not managed a win in their last four and lost to both Manchester United and Bournemouth in their last two outings.
In the 4 previous games have managed only one goal whilst conceding 4, accumulating only 2 points from a possible 12 over the festive period.
Liverpool’s top scorer Mohamed Salah (groin) and Coutinho (thigh) will miss the FA Cup derby.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson (hamstring) and defender Alberto Moreno (ankle) are still recovering from injuries.
Ross Barkley is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury for Everton.
Barkley hasn’t played since May 2017 in a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal after sustaining an injury in training in August.
Leighton Baines, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman remain on the sidelines.
Head 2 Head:
Liverpool are on their joint-longest unbeaten run against Everton in all competitions, 15 games, (set between March 1972 and April 1978).
This will be the 24th meeting between these two Merseyside rivals in the FA Cup, Liverpool winning 10 and drawing six (L7) – however, they haven’t met in the third round since 1931/32.
The last meeting between Liverpool and Everton in the FA Cup was a semi-final at Wembley in 2012, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll scoring the goals for the Reds.
Liverpool haven’t failed to progress beyond the third round since January 2011, losing 0-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
in contrast, the Blues have been knocked out at this stage in two of the last three seasons, with both coming against Premier League opposition.
New faces :
Could we possibly see some new faces tonight, it looks like Liverpool will hand a debut to their new addition Virgil Van Dirk
And Everton have until 12oclock to register their imminent new striker Cenk Tosun.
Could the blues get the lift they need with a debut for he Turkish forward.