This is one of two days in the calendar year when Liverpool stands still. Red against blue. Klopp against Ancelotti. The Merseyside derby; a city divided.
Today marks the 235th Merseyside derby but is perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups in recent years after the blue half of Liverpool started the new 2020-21 campaign off in fine form.
Ancelotti’s Blues, with the help of new-signing and world-class midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid have started this season in faultless fashion.
Everton currently sit at the top of the Premier League’s table after taking a maximum 12-points from their opening four fixtures, including an opening day win over Spurs.
Elsewhere, current champions and arguably the best team in Europe at the moment, Klopp’s Liverpool have just suffered a shock 7-2 defeat to last season’s relegation fighters Aston Villa.
Today’s derby has added excitement as both sides will be keen to take all three-points away from Goodison Park and perhaps is the first derby in years where the Toffees can truly believe they can claim the bragging rights over the fierce rivals.
Ahead of this afternoon’s crucial clash, selection of both sets of fans have taken to social media to express their thoughts after both team’s line-ups were confirmed:
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— Everton (@Everton) October 17, 2020
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How we line up for the derby ? #EVELIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2020
— Steve Woolley (@SteveWoolley7) October 17, 2020
— SnakeHips (@SnapJem) October 17, 2020
First #MerseysideDerby in a long time I’ve felt we have an @Everton team confident and capable of getting that monkey off our backs!! 5th anniversary of the death of our greatest manager, lets #DoItForHoward #UTFT #NSNO #COYB #KAGB #HowardsWay #SpiritOfTheBlues #EVELIV #Everton
— Martin Fell (@TheOtherTrigger) October 17, 2020
— Garry Slater (@garlater) October 17, 2020
— Jamilur Ashiq (@80q_TheMan) October 17, 2020
Thiago vs James? Yes please!
— Allen Walker (@Allen_Walker_95) October 17, 2020
James with a winning goal?
— 3??4???? (@Keysaani4) October 17, 2020
— Chinmay Sowani (@koploveranfield) October 17, 2020
— AJ (@BornHeelAdam) October 17, 2020
— Owen Webb O Rourke (@OwenWebbORourke) October 17, 2020
— stephen Judge (@ste_judge85) October 17, 2020
Feels like the Thiago era properly begins today…we had a taster at Chelsea but now is where it really begins.
— Love4 Liverpool FC – The Premier League Champions (@Love4LFC) October 17, 2020
— Piia ?? ? (@PiiaMay) October 17, 2020
Very harsh to not have Jota start today. But it is high time the front three started against Everton considering this being the last season they will be playing together. #LFC
— ABHI (@SociallySober) October 17, 2020