Liverpool might just be feeling a lot better about the prospect of Saturday’s Merseyside derby now.
After three successive defeats of demoralising nature, the Reds got themselves back to winning ways with a heartening 2-0 triumph against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane did the damage to the Bundesliga side in Budapest as the 2019 winners put one foot in the quarter-finals for a third time in four seasons.
Jurgen Klopp, though, is long enough in the tooth to know the corner has yet to be turned fully.
“We are not children anymore and it is not that we think we have won that game and everything is fine again,” he said at the Puskas Stadium.
Klopp was more than pleased by what he saw in Hungary, however, as his team took a big stride forward in their efforts to get back on track.
He added: “The boys played a really good game. We had a day less to prepare and we spoke a lot about that.
“It is tricky. But we played well and deserved the win. We forced their mistakes with a good formation, good attitude and in places we played some good football, so I am happy with the performance.”
Given Liverpool‘s recent form at Anfield and the fact that the home crowd won’t be lying in wait, the Blues have as good a chance as they have had in years of freeing themselves of this millstone.
But the 238th edition of this local skirmish also offers the hosts a perfect chance to arrest an alarming slump, hurt a top-four rival and secure bragging rights in one fell swoop.
Alisson Becker, fresh from a 50th Liverpool clean sheet, will keep his place in goal.
The Brazilian missed October’s feisty 2-2 draw and has featured just three times against the Toffees since joining in July 2018.
Ozan Kabak can expect to keep his place after a solid Champions League debut for the Reds in Hungary.