Liverpool vs Everton H2H: Salah to strike in the derby again?

It’s Merseyside derby weekend in the Premier League. The Liverpool vs Everton H2H has been quite one-sided in recent years but the Sean Dyche’s team are hoping to cause an upset when the two clubs clash again at Anfield on Saturday for this 12:30 kick-off.

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Liverpool's Cody Gakpo celebrates scoring his side's second goal vs Everton on Monday February 13, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Liverpool vs Everton H2H Record

There have been 240 previous Merseyside derbies.

  • Liverpool Wins: 96
  • Draws: 77
  • Everton Wins: 67

This rivalry dates back to the 1894/95 season and Liverpool vs Everton has been a regular fixture on the top flight calendar for well over a century. It's one of the most important derbies in the world, although not according to former Toffee Jô who this week ranked the Merseyside derby as only the 4th biggest that he played in, claiming “there is no comparison to saying that Everton and Liverpool comes close to Palmeiras and Corinthians”.

The red side of Merseyside has the edge overall with 29 more victories than their city rivals. Their dominance has been most telling in recent years with Everton winning just 1 of the last 28 meetings. That’s a woeful record which won’t inspire confidence in Toffees fans heading into this fixture, but that solitary win did come at Anfield quite recently in February 2021 when Everton claimed a 2-0 success.

Mo Salah has often been Everton’s tormentor in chief with 5 goals in the fixture. The Egyptian will feature in his 10th Merseyside derby this weekend, something that looked doubtful this summer when he was strongly linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.

Mo Salah vs Everton
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Last time out…

Salah was on target the last time the sides met which was a 2-0 Liverpool win in February of this year. That match was also at Anfield and saw Cody Gakpo score the other goal.

Sean Dyche had only recently taken over at Goodison Park at that point but couldn’t inspire his team to derby joy. He did go on to keep Everton up on the final weekend which was his main objective.

That derby came during a patchy period for Liverpool which saw them hammer rivals Manchester United 7-0 but also lose heavily away to Wolves and at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

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Liverpool vs Everton H2H: Potential MVP

Mo Salah remains Liverpool’s main danger man and we had clear evidence of that in their last game as the Egyptian king struck twice to help the Reds claim a 2-2 draw at Brighton.

He looks certain to line up on the right flank once more on Saturday and is in good form overall with 5 goals and 4 assists this term in the Premier League. That equates to a decisive goal contribution once every 76 minutes, good going by anyone’s standards.

This fixture hasn’t always been the most open with 4 of the last 11 Premier League meetings ending goalless so Salah’s record against Everton isn’t as good as it is against some teams.

However he has still been arguably the standout player across Merseyside derbies over the past few years with a brace in the 4-1 Liverpool win at Goodison Park in December 2021 his standout moment.

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Liverpool: Players in focus

Alisson eyeing another clean sheet

The Brazilian keeper has kept a clean sheet in 6 of is 8 appearances against Everton.

Szoboszlai’s first derby

The midfielderhas only netted once so far in the Premier League, but put in a man-of-the-match display for Hungary in midweek.

Trent hoping for more derby joy

Trent Alexander-Arnold has only once been on the losing side against Everton, but he has only registered one assist previously in this fixture.

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Everton: Players in focus

Calvert-Lewin fit and firing at last

Injury-prone Dominic Calvert-Lewin is healthy and has found some form with 3 goals in his last 4 Everton appearances.

Pickford expecting a busy afternoon

England number one Jordan Pickford produced an assured display for his country in midweek and will need to be at his best here.

McNeil to break Liverpool duck?

Winger Dwight McNeil has failed to score or assist in any of his 9 previous games against Liverpool.

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Final Prediction

Given the one-sided recent history of this fixture, it’s hard to look past Liverpool, particularly with home advantage. 

Everton have put in some more impressive showings in recent weeks though with wins in 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions and should at least be capable of competing for periods of this game.

We’re saying 2-0 to Liverpool with Mo Salah to score the first goal.

Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.