Liverpool v Everton: 3 Key Battles That Will Decide The Merseyside Derby


Coutinho v Holgate

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With Seamus Coleman ruled-out through injury, after suffering a horrific double leg-break on international duty, 20-year-old Mason Holgate will slot into Everton’s defence and he’ll have to be at his best to emerge victorious in his battle with Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian ace hasn’t been his best in recent weeks but this is the perfect stage for him to perform and get back to his highest levels, which would boost the Reds’ chances of a top-four finish. Holgate is a capable defender so it won’t be easy for the former Inter Milan man, although you’d expect the South American to cope.