Liverpool vs Everton Live Stream 27/9/2014
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool vs Everton, Barclays Premier League, Saturday 12.45pm Live on BT Sport 1 
The 223rd installment of one of English football’s most fiercely-contested, yet also friendliest, derbies sees both Liverpool and Everton at a low ebb.
Both have suffered unwelcome early season setbacks and both have defensive issues that their opponents will be seeking to exacerbate at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
Liverpool enter the derby in 11th place, having collected just six points from their first five games - though there is still satisfaction that is one more than Manchester United.

But their three defeats thus far - to Manchester City, Aston Villa and West Ham - have identified many reasons why last year’s concerted push for the title won’ t be repeated.
Brendan Rodgers will be concerned by a lack of cohesion in defence - ruthlessly exploited by West Ham in their 3-1 win last weekend - concerns over the number of games Steven Gerrard can get through and a shortage of cutting edge while Daniel Sturridge sits on the sidelines.
Gerrard looked tired and far from his best at Upton Park but he is 34 and this is to be expected. Returning to the Champions League after five season without it, Liverpool’s schedule is going to be punishing and Rodgers wisely kept him away from the midweek Capital One Cup win over Middlesbrough.

Liverpool almost need two top quality teams to keep up with all their commitments this season and they look well short of this at the moment.
The likes of Raheem Sterling and Lucas, who are likely to figure this Saturday, will not have benefited from a long night and the expense of so much nervous energy as Liverpool edged Middlesbrough out of the Cup in an epic penalty shootout.
One piece of good news this week though was the granting of planning permission to expand Anfield from 45,500 to 59,000 by 2016. Liverpool have long trailed many of their rivals in terms of capacity and the financial opportunities that brings, so this will be a welcome decision, especially at it rules out any possibility of moving from their spiritual home.
Everton travel across Stanley Park with their own issues. They are 14th in the table and worried about shipping 17 goals in seven matches across all competitions.

Manager Roberto Martinez described Everton’s defending as “spooky” in midweek after Swansea comfortably beat them 3-0 in the Capital One Cup.
Any ambitions to reach the Champions League have been shelved until these defensive issues are addressed and Martinez will be baffled how excellent performances at West Brom in the league and against Wolfsburg in the Europa League are followed by successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Swansea.
While local pride dictates that Saturday’s contest will be a nail-biter for the locals, the neutrals will rejoice in the fact that such frailties should result in plenty of goals and entertainment. Perhaps we’ll see a repeat of that 3-3 thriller at Goodson Park last season.

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