GYLFI SIGURDSSON and Andre Gomes are flying — and they give Everton the best chance in years of ending their Anfield curse.
The Toffees have not won at their neighbours’ since 1999, but rejuvenated under Marco Silva, they can head to Anfield in hope rather than fear.
Getty Images – Getty4 Gylfi Sigurdsson could be the man to help break Everton's Anfield hoodoo
And the key to springing a surprise lies with the Icelandic and Portuguese pair.
Like most visiting teams at Anfield, Silva will likely go 4-5-1, concede possession and focus on keeping compact and tight at the back.
That’s all fine but they also need to pose a threat to Liverpool’s much-improved defence on the counter.
Everton have won four of six and they have the players to hurt their Mersey rivals.
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Getty – Contributor4 Andre Gomes could play a vital role if Everton are to get a result at Liverpool
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It’s all about the transition and how quickly they can get upfield and down the sides of Jurgen Klopp’s team.
If they can beat the Liverpool press, then they are in business.
Gomes will sit beside Idrissa Gueye and he has been fantastic in the deep-lying playmaker role.
Their best bet is to utilise the speed Everton carry, with a quick pass in behind Reds’ advanced full-backs.
Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Bernard’s pace will give a lot of defences problems.
And knowing he has Gomes and Gueye in behind him, Sigurdsson can break early through the middle too.
Reuters4 The pace of Richarlison and Theo Walcott on the counter could cause Liverpool problems at Anfield
Out of position for much of last term, Silva is finally getting the best out of him.
Liverpool went 4-3-3 v PSG but will likely revert back to 4-2-3-1 tomorrow.
And if their two sitting midfielders aren’t switched on, covering their advanced full-backs, then Everton will have joy down the flanks.
If they can drag the centre-backs out wide, space can open up in the middle for Richarlison and Sigurdsson.
Liverpool have improved defensively. But if Everton, set traps to bring Liverpool’s full-backs on, are swift on the counter, they’ve got as good a chance as they ever have.