The 226th edition of the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton sees both sides at a crossroads of sorts. After arguably a culture-changing win at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has the Reds pointed in the right direction with complete faith in his every move. Everton, however, enters Wednesday’s match down the road wondering if Roberto Martinez is at the end of his.
A week of pendulum-swinging emotion on the red side of Liverpool began Thursday when the Reds (14-9-9) rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to defeat Klopp’s former team – Borussia Dortmund – 4-3 in the second leg of the Europa League tie. They reached the semifinals opposite Villarreal and kept their path to the Champions League open.
Martinez has lost to Liverpool only once since arriving at Goodison Park in 2013 from Wigan Athletic, with the other four matches ending in draws. Yet it’s hard not to empathise with a fan base expecting more from him and the team than a second straight bottom-half finish in his third season while Klopp has reversed the fortunes of the storied franchise in just six months at Anfield.