Champions vs league leaders, Jurgen Klopp vs Carlo Ancelotti, Everton vs Liverpool. It doesn’t get a lot greater than this, of us.
The season’s first instalment of the Merseyside derby is likely one of the most attractive in years – and it’ll be reside on talkSPORT at 12.30pm on Saturday.
You wouldn’t have thought it a few months in the past, however most individuals can have the Toffees down as favourites.
Certainly, speculating over who may win has been a reasonably pointless train for the final decade, given Saturday marks ten years since Everton final beat Liverpool.
However the Toffees’ 100 per cent begin to the brand new marketing campaign seems to be like greater than only a fluke following some wonderful enterprise in the summertime switch window.
Actually, they’ve even bought Klopp anxious. The Liverpool boss informed talkSPORT: “It’s tough coming in the midst of a season to show issues round, and now he [Ancelotti] has introduced in numerous actually good gamers that slot in 100 per cent.
“I’m not too involved in what Everton is doing normally however this 12 months once I noticed it, it was apparent like, ‘oh God he matches there completely, he matches there completely, him as nicely’.
“You might actually see it was the right enterprise for them and it makes them a correct menace instantly. Not in a single, two, three years… instantly. That’s what all of us should face.”
Little question Klopp will nonetheless count on his aspect to beat Everton, regardless of watching them get hammered 7-2 by Aston Villa simply earlier than the worldwide break.
However what does everybody else suppose? We requested a number of the greatest names in Merseyside derby historical past for his or her predictions.
Leon Osman (ex-Everton midfielder)
“I feel the Merseyside derby will end 3-2 to Everton.
“Either side are fairly robust in the intervening time going ahead so I see loads of targets within the recreation.”
John Barnes (ex-Liverpool winger)
“My prediction is a Liverpool victory, however it’ll be tight!”
Kevin Ratcliffe (ex-Everton captain)
“I’m going for Everton 1-Zero Liverpool.”
Kevin Campbell (ex-Everton striker)
“I’m going to go 2-1 to Everton, solely as a result of the Toffees have gotten the suitable Rolls Royce engine in the midst of the pitch now.”
Danny Murphy (ex-Liverpool midfielder)
“My prediction is a 2-1 win to Liverpool.
“Liverpool are a wounded animal after the defeat to Villa, a lot of persons are questioning them – however they all the time react.”
Ray Houghton (ex-Liverpool midfielder)
“As an outdated Crimson, I’ve bought to stay with them haven’t I?
“I’ll go along with Liverpool by the odd purpose.”
Steve McMahon (ex-Liverpool midfielder)
“Everton are in wonderful kind, however I’m going to take a seat on the fence with this one.
“I’m going to go 1-1.”
Jermaine Beckford (ex-Everton striker)
“My prediction for this weekend is Everton 3-2 Liverpool. Come on the Toffees!”
Laura Woods meets Jurgen Klopp: Hearken to the total interview from 11am this Saturday on GameDay forward of reside commentary of Everton vs Liverpool at 12:30pm!