Everton will host Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park as the two teams get set to do battle against their fierce rivals.
The Toffees have struggled to find consistency since the two sides met in the reverse fixture, with Divock Origi scoring a last-minute winner, whilst the Anfield outfit have continued their push to win the Premier League title.
Marco Silva will be looking for Idrissa Gana Gueye to help keep the Red’s deadly attacking trio at bay once again, whilst Jurgen Klopp will want to see Fabinho continue his fine form as he adapts to life in England’s top-flight.
Let’s take a look at both players a little closer…
Idrissa Gana Gueye
Gueye has been a vital member of the Everton squad over the past couple of seasons following his arrival from Aston Villa in 2016 when Steve Walsh shelled out £7.65million.
His performances for The Toffees have not gone unnoticed either, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain being keen on securing his services, although they had a number of offers for him turned down in the January transfer window, per Sky Sports.
The 29-year-old, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, has the ability to break up play in the middle of the park and can prove to be as solid as a rock in front of the defence, although there have been questions about his displays recently.
However, if Everton are to come away with anything from the Merseyside derby on Sunday, the Senegal international is going to have to play a huge part in helping them to do so.
TT Grade: B-
It would be fair to say a lot was expected when Fabinho joined Liverpool in the early stages of the summer from AS Monaco, as Fenway Sports Group (FSG) splashed out a fee thought to be worth £40.5m, per Transfermarkt.
Despite a number of rather shaky performances, which could be attributed to the midfielder trying to adapt to Premier League football, the Brazilian has since found his feet and is excelling in Klopp’s side.
The 25-year-old has recently been utilised as a centre-back and put in a brilliant performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League as they kept a clean sheet in the first-leg tie, offering the title-chasers some versatility.
He followed up that display with a solid one against Manchester United last weekend and will look to continue to kick on, and should he do so, he will surely be an influential figure in the midfield at Anfield for a number of years.
TT Grade: B+
Both players appear to be in contrasting form at the moment, with Fabinho starting to put in the type of performances those at Liverpool would have expected from their big-money summer signing.
Gueye’s displays appear to have dipped slightly over the last few months and he has not looked as tenacious as he normally does in the middle of the park for Everton.
With that said, the Brazilian wins this particular battle.
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