Richarlison’s return from suspension will surely see him restored to the Everton starting line-up against Liverpool.
The Brazil international was forced to sit out Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Brentford after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Manchester City but is now available again.
Given Salomon Rondon’s continued struggles – the trip to west London was his 10th game without scoring – you could also imagine that Richarlison, who netted the opening goal in Everton’s 2-0 victory at Anfield in the most recent Merseyside Derby, could also spearhead the attack at the misfiring Venezuelan’s expense.
Unless Yerry Mina is declared fit, it seems unlikely that Rafa Benitez will make any changes to the back five but with Demarai Gray having recovered from his early injury at the Etihad to come off the bench against the Bees, the summer signing will also be pushing for a return to the first XI.
If the former Bayer Leverkusen winger does return then you’d imagine it will be at the expense of either Alex Iwobi or home-grown hero Anthony Gordon who has now played 37 senior club matches without breaking his scoring duck.
Given Benitez’s reluctance to make changes at Brentford – he made just one substitution despite trailing from the 24th minute onwards – there aren’t many other potential alternatives.
The only other realistic switch would be to bring back Fabian Delph, who started the previous two fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and his previous club Manchester City, either slotting in for Allan or Abdoulaye Doucoure or for one of the aforementioned more attacking midfielders if the Blues boss decides to go with a more cautious approach to try and thwart their free-scoring neighbours.Internet Explorer Channel Network