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WWhile it may be comforting to resort to old cliches about derby day – “the form book goes out the window”, “you just have to want it more”, “literally anything can happen” – Everton fans have little reason for optimism prior to their journey to Anfield this afternoon.

The contrast between the Merseyside clubs could not be greater this season. While Liverpool are second in the Premier League in this match, pushing hard to beat Manchester City at the top of the league table, Everton are destined to fall into the relegation zone if Burnley even secure a point against Wolves.

Despite the Toffees taking their first league win at Anfield in 22 years under Carlo Ancelotti last season, the Toffees have still won just one of their last 25 games against Liverpool in all competitions. They lost the reverse game 4-1 at Goodison Park in December, just six games before Rafael Benitez’s tenure came to an unfortunate end.

All things considered, it would be a shame if Everton get a draw today, let alone a win. Frank Lampard admitted earlier this week that he would be happy to take a point from the game which, depending on the perspective, was either an unnecessary PR blunder or a welcome dose of realism.

“It’s a team that just got past Manchester United four times. You have to respect them as a team, it’s an incredible team,” he added.

“I’ve played against Liverpool, managed a few times against Liverpool, and it’s always discouraging when you respect the level of player and manager they have.”

Jürgen Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted that he and his players are enjoying their continued pursuit of the legendary quadruple. “It’s a situation we didn’t expect and we’ve never been in this situation,” he said. “It’s incredibly tough, we play pretty much all the time.

“In these moments we all love what we do when you win a game, when you win such an important game [against Manchester United] and you win the way we won the game and all this stuff.

“But it’s true, we like the situation we’re in. You can’t plan that you’re still in and around everything. What we know [is] nothing has really been achieved so far, or it is not much. We’ve won one league – that’s great – but there are still three to go, and the next one is a very important Premier League game.

“Yes, the guys are in a good time. I like to say that we were in a good moment in these moments because unfortunately we have to prove it again on Sunday. But so far it is good and yes we are looking forward to everything what’s to come.”

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