Liverpool vs Derby Football Match 9 Now 2022
Ending Manchester City’s spate of dominance in the Premier League has not been so easy for Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp‘s side were the beneficiaries of the Citizens’ early exit in the EFL Cup last year, as Pep Guardiola‘s side missed out on a fifth-straight trophy.
Instead, Liverpool got the better of Chelsea from 12 yards before repeating the same trick against the Blues in the final of the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup success marked the start of the quadruple dream that did not quite become a reality for the Reds.
It has been a whirlwind few days for Klopp’s side, who defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to end a two-game losing run in the Premier League before learning that they would be tackling Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, as they seek revenge for their final disappointment in May.
Liverpool are aiming to get their hands on the EFL Cup for a record-extending 10th time this season, but they were knocked out of the third round as recently as the 2017-18 and 2018-19 editions, but not since losing to Northampton Town in 2010-11 have they been sent packing by lower-tier opposition.
Leeds United may have ended Liverpool’s remarkable unbeaten Premier League run at Anfield, but that 2-1 loss represents the only home defeat that Klopp’s side have suffered in their last 17 matches, and they have not been shut out on their own turf since March.
Going on a four-game unbeaten run looks at first glance to be a positive statistic for Derby County ahead of a trip to Anfield, but a record of two wins from their last nine and a draw with non-league Torquay United in the FA Cup is perhaps less so.
William Osula put the Rams two goals to the good in their first-round tie with Torquay, but Eiran Cashin‘s sending off opened the door for the National League side to restore parity and force a replay through Asa Hall and Will Goodwin.
Despite that FA Cup disappointment, Paul Warne‘s men have experience when it comes to eliminating high-level opposition from the EFL Cup, knocking out West Brom in the second round this year via a 1-0 scoreline after edging past Mansfield in round one.
The League One side – who have slipped to seventh in the table and are now outside of the playoff places amid their downturn in form – are yet to win an EFL Cup for their trophy cabinet, but they have already fared better this year than they did in the previous three seasons, all of which saw Derby eliminated in the second round.
Liverpool and Derby’s most recent meeting came in the third round of the 2016-17 EFL Cup, with Klopp’s side running out comfortable 3-0 winners, and the Reds have now gone nine games unbeaten against the Rams since losing 3-2 in the Premier League in March 1999