In the football world, ten years is a long time, especially when it means the duration of pain and humiliation. The Merseyside derby returned this Saturday, and it has been ten years since Everton defeated the "noisy neighbor" Liverpool in the league last time. During this decade, the Red Army firmly controlled the derby. But now, with the return of the Premier League after the international match day, what awaits us is a completely different derby.
Although Liverpool ushered in the game as the defending champion, Klopp's team had just lost 2-7 to Villa before the international match day, and the Red Army soldiers would definitely prove themselves at all costs. At the same time, Everton is in a smooth season. Under the magic of Ancelotti, the Toffee League has won the first four rounds and led the standings.
Therefore, as one of the most watched matchups in the Premier League, the British "Daily Mail" also analyzed why this game will be the most important Merseyside derby in the history of the Premier League.
Avid fans, at the beginning of each season, will focus on the time of this matchup in their calendar. Because the Merseyside derby has always reproduced the past of football: high-intensity confrontation, and the frenzy of winning.
In the 1980s, the Merseyside derby was regarded as a holiday in English football. The battle between these two strong northern British teams not only allowed fans to have bragging capital, but was about the glory of the championship.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Liverpool was often the winning side. As Everton's reputation grew, the derby was "shaken" in an unprecedented way. In 1985 and 1987, Toffees "deposed" their main rivals and became the overlord of England's top league, and the derby between the two teams was quickly associated with fierce tackles and roaring humiliation. Since then, the Merseyside derby has always contained hatred, and Liverpool's dominance has made Everton more of a model of disillusionment.
But now, the situation is very different. Everton has performed better than any team this season, and they also have one of the most respected champion coaches in the football world. Ancelotti is now firmly driving the ship in his direction, and his mark is spread all over the blue side of the city.
After taking over the team coach from Marco Silva, Ancelotti made it clear to the Everton board that as long as he gets absolute control of the team, then he will realize their ambitions. Now, after a year of stable "purchasing" and tactical planning, Ancelotti finally got the team he wanted.
After introducing James Rodriguez, who had worked with Real Madrid and Bayern, Ancelotti got the "talisman" he wanted. Behind Ronaldo, Ancelotti reshaped the midfielder and passed Alain and Du Cure increased the team's resilience and strength. The three signings this summer have caused a sensation at Goodison Park Stadium, but unfortunately, in this ancient stadium, Everton fans could not witness the team's perfect start.
Alan and Du Couré have mastered the rhythm of the team very skillfully, while Ronaldo has enough time and space to tear open the opponent's defense line and give Lewin, who is in good shape, a "cake". When Ancelotti is leading Everton in full swing, there is one person who may pay extra attention. This person is Klopp.
If anyone is the "nemesis" of Liverpool coach Klopp, then this person must be Ancelotti. The gray-haired Italian coach has beaten Klopp many times in the European competition. Despite the lack of major generals, Naples, who was coaching at the time, still often surpassed Liverpool in performance. When these two head coaches talk directly, a tactical duel is always inevitable.
In 8 contests with Ancelotti, Klopp 3 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws. The last time the two met was the Merseyside derby last season, which ended in a tie (0-0).
Ancelotti can always have a way to see Klopp's tactical arrangements and make reasonable predictions about how Uncle Zack will deploy the team. This season, with the addition of a talented player to the team, An Pang also has a chance to defeat Uncle Zha again-Everton is in good shape, with Ancelotti, who has strong support such as Ronaldo, and has his own weapons. Come and kill Liverpool.
For many years, Everton fans have been eager for their own team to make progress and climb up from the middle of the standings. As they set out to redefine themselves as an important force in English football, Toffee has invested tens of millions of pounds in investments, but these investments have been wasted in many cases.
From Roberto Martinez to Ronald Coman, many different types of coaches have come and gone. For a long time, Everton fans have longed for their team to play fresh, European style football, and now under the leadership of Ancelotti, they are striving to achieve this long-term, consistent goal. Of course, the feeling is different this time. Everton controlled the game with a regained advantage and won one victory after another.
从罗伯托·马丁内斯（Roberto Martinez）到罗纳德·科曼（Ronald Coman），许多不同类型的教练来了又去。长期以来，埃弗顿球迷一直渴望他们的球队参加新鲜的欧式足球比赛，现在在安切洛蒂的领导下，他们正在努力实现这一长期，一致的目标。当然，这次的感觉有所不同。埃弗顿以重新获得的优势控制了比赛，并一场又一场胜利。
Although it is still at the beginning of the season, Liverpool will be one of Everton's biggest challenges this season. In the past few years, Everton's possible victory against Liverpool can only bring toffee fans the capital to brag after dinner, and now, grand goals are brewing. Although it has not been announced publicly, it is almost certain that Everton has set his sights on the European competition arena, especially for next season's Champions League qualification.
For Liverpool, they will once again welcome this derby as the defending champions of the league. Before the miserable defeat at Villa Park, the Reds also started the season with a winning streak.
When Dean Smith’s team destroyed the “behemoth” Liverpool by a score of 7-2, people opened their mouths in shock; when the Reds were beaten to the ground, Klopp was helpless on the sidelines. Laughed. And now, in the upcoming Merseyside derby, Uncle Zha knows that the eyes of the football world will be staring fiercely at his team.
For the city of Liverpool, not only is there a passionate derby this weekend, but the city is still in the crisis of the new crown epidemic, and the entire city is under "level three" blockade restrictions.
This is the highest level of newly enacted restrictions. Pubs, bars, stadiums, leisure centers, casinos, gaming centers and adult gaming halls have all been forced to close. People are also prohibited from engaging in social gatherings indoors or in private gardens.
For this football-obsessed city, this derby will have a completely different perspective. Due to the epidemic, normal life has been affected, and the pressure of daily life has increased. Therefore, the staff of the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sports have repeatedly emphasized the importance of sports to community life.
However, without the company of other like-minded fans, Liverpool and Everton fans can only watch one of the most eagerly anticipated derby games in history through TV screens. Although the importance is not compromised, it makes the game seem a little strange.
The result of this game may be more important than most people think. Although the final direction of the season is not determined by the previous few months, momentum is everything at this stage.
The first league victory over Liverpool in the past ten years will allow Everton under Ancelotti to soar to new heights with confidence. At the same time, for Liverpool, this is an excellent opportunity for them to immediately revise their "horror show" in Villa Park. Klopp's team must prove that the fiasco was just an accident, just an accident due to the busy schedule at the beginning of the season and the lack of on-site support from fans.
When the result of a derby game is extremely important, Everton may be in the best time to face Liverpool, and the big question for Liverpool is whether they will be unbeaten in the derby when facing their opponents in the same city. The record handed over, and once again exposed his shortcomings.
Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson will miss the game due to injury, so in the eyes of many people, the second goalkeeper Adrian will become Everton's weak link.
Since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, this is the first time that the Merseyside Derby has given both sides high expectations. If they can beat Liverpool for the first time in nearly a decade, Everton can continue to expand their lead in the standings-Toffee fans have not heard such a voice for too long.
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