Premier League leaders Liverpool will need to maintain their excellent recent record against Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby if they are to hold their advantage over second-placed Manchester City. Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 matches against their neighbours — separated only by a park — since a defeat in October 2018, and the current 33-point gap tells its own story. Jurgen Klopp’s side has laboured and drawn too many games of late, allowing City to come within one point, but the Reds were back to their devastating best on Wednesday, crushing Watford 5-0 at Anfield. “The win gives us more confidence,” said Senegalese striker Sadio Mane who scored twice. “We know playing against Everton is never easy. But we are a great team and we are used to playing this kind of game.” Everton ended a run of three defeats with a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on Tuesday, but Marco Silva’s side will need the performance of their season to create an upset at Goodison Park.

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