Everton v Liverpool LIVE commentary and confirmed team news: Merseyside derby begins GameDay as Klopp and co look to hit back from Villa humiliation

Premier League leaders Everton welcome wounded champions Liverpool to Goodison Park today in one of the most eagerly-anticipated Merseyside derbies in years.

The Toffees have been superb so far this season, winning four from four and playing some scintillating football.

Star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been in red hot form and has been supported well by the likes of James Rodriguez and Richarlison.

James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be looking to fire Everton to victory over Liverpool

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James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be looking to fire Everton to victory over Liverpool

They host a Liverpool side this Saturday lunchtime who are still reeling from their humiliating 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa before the international break.

It was a chastening night for Jurgen Klopp and co at Villa Park and they’ll be determined to hit back at Goodison Park.

Everton have not beaten their old foes since October 2010 but may think this Saturday’s tie represents their best opportunity to do so in many seasons.

talkSPORT will be on Merseyside to bring you all the action from this mouth-watering clash exclusively live.

Both teams are close to full strength

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Both teams are close to full strength

Everton v Liverpool: How to listen

This match will get under way at 12: 30pm on Saturday, October 17.

Full coverage from Goodison Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host before commentary from Sam Matterface and Kevin Ratcliffe.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have made a very positive start to the season

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Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have made a very positive start to the season

Everton v Liverpool: Confirmed XIs

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Gomes, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Subs: Olsen, Delph, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Godfrey, Davies.

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

Subs: Kelleher, Wijnaldum, Milner, Gomez, Jones, Minamino, Jota.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reacts during the Reds’ shocking defeat to Aston Villa

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reacts during the Reds’ shocking defeat to Aston Villa

Everton v Liverpool: Match stats and facts

  • Everton are winless in 19 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D11 L8), since a 2-0 win in October 2010.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 22 meetings with Everton in all competitions – against no side have they ever had a longer run without defeat in their history (also 22 vs Aston Villa between 1981-1992).
  • Seven of the last eight Premier League meetings between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park have finished level, with Liverpool winning the other 1-0 in December 2016.
  • The last three Premier League meetings between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park have finished 0-0 – no specific fixture in English top-flight history has ever finished goalless in four consecutive matches before.
  • This is the first top-flight Merseyside derby with Everton starting the day top of the table since September 1989, when Liverpool won 3-1 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Ian Rush (2) and John Barnes.
  • Everton are looking to win their opening five league games for the first time since the 1938-39 campaign – their fifth game that season was a 2-1 victory against the reigning top-flight champions (Arsenal).
  • Liverpool have conceded 11 goals in their four Premier League games this season, including seven at Aston Villa last time out. Last season, it took the Reds 13 games to concede 11 goals.
  • Liverpool have lost four of their last eight away Premier League games (W3 D1), as many as they had in their previous 46 on the road in the competition (W33 D9 L4). The Reds haven’t lost consecutive Premier League games since September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored nine goals in six appearances for Everton in all competitions this season, making him the top scorer for a player in the top five European leagues so far this term. He could become the first player to score in each of Everton’s first five league games in a season since Tommy Lawton in 1938-39.
  • Mohamed Salah has scored 99 goals in 158 games for Liverpool in all competitions. His next goal will see him become the 17th different player to net 100 goals for the Reds, while he would be the third fastest to do so after Roger Hunt (144 games) and Jack Parkinson (153 games).
  • This game marks five years to the day since Jürgen Klopp took charge of his first ever Liverpool game (0-0 vs Tottenham). The German has faced Everton without defeat more often than any other side in all competitions in his tenure with the Reds (11 – W7 D4).

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