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Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Apr 9 7:33 AM
In today’s links: the fallout from the boring Merseyside Derby, Everton’s upcoming summer and a pending shakeup. Liverpool had almost nothing to play for, and it showed. Jurgen Klopp’s lineup was clearly of the “B team” variety. The commentary team suggested, multiple times, that the latest itera...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Apr 8 5:00 PM
Changes in the center of midfield nearly salvaged the Merseyside Derby If you had offered a scoreless draw to Everton supporters for the majority of Saturday’s Merseyside Derby, many probably would have taken it. Sure, getting battered for stretches at a time by a Liverpool B-team is embarrassing...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Apr 8 10:00 AM
Has goalie cemented his England starting spot? Everton struggled to beat a weakened Liverpool in this season’s third Merseyside Derby clash, but will be happy that the Blues kept a clean sheet. The defence has completely fallen apart at times in 2018, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford played a pivot...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Apr 8 8:24 AM
Three Thoughts from Merseyside Derby stalemate Too conservative for too long In just about any other match, Sam Allardyce’s conservative game plan would have been the objectively smart thing to do. As Everton try to claw their way further up the table in the closing weeks of the season, a point a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Apr 7 3:11 PM
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Everton hosted a rotated Liverpool side at Goodison Park today, and for huge portions of the match decided that a derby win wasn’t worth chasing. Whether by instruction or lack of motivation, it was - yet again - embarrassing. On paper, at least, Everton’s lineup made sense,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Apr 7 3:11 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI: Pickford; Baines, Keane, Jagielka, Coleman; Schneiderlin, Davies, Rooney; Bolasie, Tosun, Walcott. Subs: Robles, Martina, Gueye, Funes Mori, Baningime, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse Liverpool Starting XI: Karius...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Apr 7 7:42 AM
This is going to be a dull, one-way game After watching Everton standing shellshocked at home shipping three first half goals in just a matter of minutes last weekend against a rampant Manchester City side, manager Sam Allardyce wants to ensure there will not be a repeat of that today against Mer...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Apr 7 6:53 AM
It’s been seven years since the blue side of Merseyside reigned supreme in this rivalry. No matter where either team sits in the standings, this fixtures remains immensely important to both clubs and their supporters. Everton , currently in ninth place in the league, need to earn points if they a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Apr 7 5:40 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for today’s game at Goodison Everton will have midfielder Idrissa Gueye back in the squad following his muscle tear sustained just before the international break. Gana was sorely missed during last week’s debacle against Manchester City as the pivot pair of Morgan Schneider...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Apr 6 9:27 PM
Liverpool manager expecting rough stuff from the Blues Everton host Liverpool in the Goodison leg of the Merseyside Derby, and the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is concerned that the Blues will bring their physical game tomorrow. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the German seemed to insinu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Apr 6 8:04 PM
We all just want the season to be over, but the neighbours have popped round for a chat I think it’s fair to say the 231st Merseyside derby is an inconvenience for both teams for vastly different reasons. For Liverpool , the fixture is sandwiched between two huge Champions League games against Ma...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Apr 6 7:44 PM
Third and last Merseyside Derby of the season Everton host Liverpool tomorrow in one of the least-to-play-for Merseyside Derbies in recent seasons in Saturday’s early game. The Blues are playing out the dead rubber part of the schedule while the visitors have bigger fish to fry in the Champions L...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Apr 6 5:34 PM
Do we have any reason for optimism? A week after a match against Manchester City went pretty much how we all expected, Everton faces another stiff test — Liverpool at Goodison Park. And as always, we at Royal Blue Mersey are here to provide predictions ahead of this match, even if the reality of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Apr 6 3:00 PM
Do we have to, again? Everton welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park tomorrow, presumably without chucking numerous objects at the team bus. But that’s neither here nor there. The home derby represents one of if not the last chance to make something memorable from a season that’s made us want to take...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Apr 5 8:53 AM
Do a couple of hours here or there make a difference? A couple of weeks ago Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp went off on a tirade against the Premier League scheduling gurus after the return leg of the Merseyside Derby was brought forward to the early kickoff slot on Saturday. His argument was that...