Preparations for a game between Liverpool and Everton can take many forms. Given the scale and evolving nature of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s unlikely that the forthcoming derby – when or if it takes place – will witness the usual pre-match clichés. Revenge for a Curtis Jones wonderstrike seems less of a priority when a global pandemic is at your doorstep.
Whatever the nature of Carlo Ancelotti and Jürgen Klopp’s planning, it’s unlikely either will be encouraging their players to emulate Duncan Ferguson’s approach to his first match against Liverpool, just over 25 years ago. The fixture fell on a Monday night, giving the Scotsman – who was facing a court case after being charged for an alleged assault while on probation – a free weekend.