Everton in "deep trouble" & Rafa on the verge as Liverpool head to Goodison

Liverpool|November 30, 2021

The Reds were superb on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 4-0 win at home to Arsenal and finishing the weekend just one point adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Next up is the midweek trip to Goodison Park, as they look for their first win there since December 2016.

Everton made a good start to the season but have since tailed off badly, with Benitez coming in for plenty of criticism after his controversial arrival.

Ahead of the game, we spoke to regular TIA opposition fan Matt Jones (@MattJFootball) from the Blue Room podcast to get his thoughts on all things red and blue.

Its the scenario everyone feared would happen, but everyone expected to happen.

A small squad being stretched to breaking point by injuries, some poor performances heading into a brutal festive schedule and the manager under building pressure ahead of a Merseyside derby where Liverpool will likely take the piss.

Theyll be in deep trouble come Christmas.

I dont really feel anything towards him, to be honest. It feels like hes done a five-out-of-10 job.

Is he the right man for Everton? Probably not.

If he was sacked after the derby would I be bothered? Not really.

Is he anywhere near the top of the list of Evertons problems? Absolutely not.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has just come back from injury, and Yerry Mina, who is currently injured.

I would also say Demarai Gray has been a standout he is also nursing an injury.

I would say Salomon Rondon. I used to be really wary of the West Brom and Newcastle version when he played against us.

But the Everton version? I saw wheelie bins in the wind over the weekend with more mobility.

Really promising.

There are three teams in the league that are embarrassingly clear of the rest.

Even with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah going off to AFCON, the system Liverpool play and the sturdiness of the defence should be enough to get them by and still be in the race come February.

Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Hes symbolic of everything Everton dont have: a functioning academy, an excellent local player and an actual functioning right-back!

Between the Everton fans and Benitez!

In all seriousness, its honestly hard to see the Blues winning any single battle on the pitch.

If they are going to get anything then a lot will hinge on Doucoure to defend, carry the ball forward and produce a goal or an assist.

But its a lot to put on a lad in his second game back after six weeks out.

It might not be the all-out humiliation some are expecting, but it will be a routine win for Liverpool.

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