We are all used to Premier League matches taking place behind closed doors by now.
But certain matches bring the absence of supporters into sharper focus and the Merseyside derby is one of them.
December’s Manchester derby was flat from the very off and it would likely have been a very different game in front of a full Old Trafford.
Liverpool will hope that doesn’t happen to them against Everton tomorrow and ahead of the game, captain Jordan Henderson has sent a message to the club’s fans on Twitter before the game.
There is perhaps a school of thought that Everton won’t get many better chances to break their Anfield hoodoo.
The Toffees haven’t won at the home of their fiercest rivals since a 1-0 victory in September 1999.
But their away form has been exceptional lately while Liverpool have lost their last three home games.
Add in the Reds’ defensive injuries and the impending return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin from injury and Everton should travel full of confidence.
But that mental block from over two decades of hurt will still be there and Liverpool should take confidence from their 2-0 win against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
They also had an extra night to recover from their midweek excursions, with Everton facing Manchester City on Wednesday.
Henderson will likely be deployed at centre-half again, doing all he can to prolong Everton’s Anfield misery while out of position.
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