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Cahill set to start against Liverpool but Gerrard won’t be rushed

| 28.09.2011

The Merseyside derby should be just as thrilling as ever this Saturday with Tim Cahill and Steven Gerrard both set to play a part in proceedings.

Cahill looked likely to miss the game because of a shin injury he sustained in a challenge with Vincent Kompany last weekend, while Gerrard has only played half-an-hour of football in the past six months because of a groin injury.

Everton boss David Moyes has revealed Cahill’s injury is not as bad as first feared, while Kenny Dalglish has stated he will leave it up to Gerrard to decide if he is fit enough to start.

Both players have been sent off in the fixture previously – with Gerrard seeing red twice – and they have both scored crucial goals in the contest.

Cahill has bagged five goals in his games against the Reds so far, including the first in their 2-0 win at Goodison Park last season.

Meanwhile, Gerrard has also found the net five times against the Toffees and his side have never lost when he’s been on the scoresheet against their Merseyside neighbours.

Both players found the net in a 1-1 draw at Anfield in 2009 and will be amongst the favourites to bag another goal this Saturday.

Liverpool head into the game as 6/4 favourites with Everton out at 19/10 to get consecutive home wins against the Reds following their victory last season.



Richard Anderson