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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
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 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 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...