Everton line ups vs Liverpool - Formation choice clear as Bernard and Moise Kean decisions made
Dec. 04, 2019
Everton team news and starting eleven selections from ECHO writers ahead of Premier League clash at Anfield against Liverpool
Sam Carroll - Bernard in for Gylfi Sigurdsson
Where does Marco Silva start?
Five-at-the-back worked, for a while, at Leicester City but the Foxes eventually found holes in the system.
Holes which I'm sure Liverpool could find, too.
Everton need strength in numbers and despite hinting he could even use a previously untested 4-4-2 at Anfield, I think it could be five again.
Morgan Schneiderlin also returns for some much-needed defensive reinforcements in a 5-4-1 as Bernard comes in for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
My team (5-4-1): Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Schneiderlin, Davies, Iwobi, Bernard; Richarlison
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Dave Prentice - No space for Sigurdsson
I hate to do this. I really do.
Gylfi Sigurdsson offers quality, deadball expertise, workrate and the experience of having scored a riotously celebrated goal at Anfield.
But I can't squeeze him into my starting line up.
Everton need to play in Liverpool's half. They can't run the risk of being pressed into cheap loss of possession near to their goal. So Dominic Calvert-Lewin needs to start for his aerial presence.
I could always play Sigurdsson out of position on the left, but a fit again Bernard is much better suited to that role and could offer that sense of the unexpected.
Richarlison can play off the centre-forward, Schneiderlin hold in front of Holgate and Mina, and then we can cross our hearts, our fingers and toes and hope Liverpool have an off-night too.
My Team (4-4-1-1): Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Walcott, Davies, Schneiderlin, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Adam Jones - Pace on the counter-attack
This is arguably the most important team of Marco Silva's time at Everton so far.
He knows the pressure that's on his team selection this evening, but unfortunately for him there's a lot of big decisions to be made.
The most pertinent of those is whether to play five or four at the back - and I would personally switch to the latter. That's the system the players seem most comfortable in.
That means Michael Keane dropping out of the side and Morgan Scheniderlin coming into central midfield to partner Tom Davies, who should benefit from a more box-to-box role.
The returns of Theo Walcott and Bernard are welcome and they should come straight into the side, with Alex Iwobi taking up the No. 10 position that he's already looked so strong in - just behind Richarlison leading the line.
Essentially, this should be set up with pace on the counter-attack in mind.
My team (4-2-3-1) - Pickford; Sidibe, Holgate, Mina, Digne; Schneiderlin, Davies; Walcott, Iwobi, Bernard; Richarlison
Connor O'Neill - Time to unleash Moise Kean
Marco Silva is facing the biggest team selection of his Everton tenure tonight.
Following Sunday’s last-gasp defeat to Leicester, the Portuguese could be forgiven for opting to stick with the side that went so close to picking up a valuable point at the King Power.
But for me, Silva has to freshen things up.
The back-five picks itself. But Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin should be given the nod in midfield, as if there was ever a time for two holding midfielders to play, then tonight is the night.
While Alex Iwobi deserves to keep his place in the No.10 role ahead of Gylfi Sigurosson.
Then up top the Blues need pace, which is why it is time to unleash Moise Kean for a baptism of fire.
Kean should lead the line flanked by Theo Walcott and Richarlison in order to give the Blues every chance of hitting Jurgen Klopp’s side on the break.