Everton v Liverpool: 5 key battles ahead of crunch Merseyside derby

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Brendan Rodgers will be looking to mastermind a victory over his Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez…

If we’re to leave Goodison Park with three points today, we’ll likely have to come out on top in these five individual battles…

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Martin Skrtel vs. Romelu Lukaku

Liverpool’s defensive leader will need to be at his best to keep quiet the giant Belgian striker, who has a decent record in games against the Reds.

Lukaku will be hoping to get the better of our back three – something that no Premier League striker has been able to do for several months now – and it will be up to Skrtel to ensure that he is shut out. Both players have a reputation for being physical and will no doubt push each other to the limit.

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