Phil Kirkbride – Is there room for both Schneiderlin and Gomes?
It would make sense to pick the same starting XI that played so well at Anfield in December.
However, fitness and form dictate that it’s not that straightforward.
Morgan Schneiderlin’s performance against Cardiff has given Silva plenty to think about and it could be tough to drop him but Andre Gomes has to come back in from the start.
Maybe there’s room for them both?
It could mean sacrificing a winger but with Lookman, Bernard and Walcott on the bench, Everton would have pace and skill to inject as the game wore on.
My team (4-3-3) – Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Adam Jones – Can Schneiderlin play twice in a week yet?
As well as Morgan Schneiderlin played against Cardiff in midweek, having him come back from months away from the side and instantly throwing him into two matches in a week is daunting.
Especially with one being as important as the Merseyside derby.
So, unfortunately for him, he drops out – with Andre Gomes slotting in to hopefully produce one of his signature displays in that midfield.
Elsewhere, Kurt Zouma has to come back into defence to replace Phil Jagielka, while Bernard has certainly done enough to earn his starting place ahead of Theo Walcott for this one.
Seamus Coleman bagged an assist against Cardiff and should keep his place, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal in midweek certainly earns him a spot in Marco Silva’s XI.
My team (4-3-3) – Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson; Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Sam Carroll – Biggest selection for Silva so far
It’s the biggest team selection of Marco Silva’s Everton career.
That means it’s not time for risks or trying new things. His best XI must play.
Defensively, then, the back five picks itself. Jordan Pickford will hopefully atone for his Anfield error while Seamus Coleman retains his place at right-back. Kurt Zouma replaces Phil Jagielka.
In midfield, it’s a straight swap as Andre Gomes returns in place of an unfortunate Morgan Schneiderlin. The Frenchman caught the eye against Cardiff but this game is too high-stakes to risk a drop in standards.
For me the big talking point comes from the two wingers. Out wide is where I believe Everton can potentially hurt Liverpool and for that reason Bernard must start alongside Richarlison.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the line. It’s a big chance for the forward three to prove themselves.
My team (4-2-3-1) – Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Digne, Gomes, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Chris Beesley – Silva does need to change a winning team
Can Marco Silva really make changes to a side that won 3-0 away from home just five days before the derby?
Well the short answer is yes.
Liverpool will provide a rather different, a far more substantial challenge for the Blues than their last vanquished opponents, Cardiff City.
As solid as Morgan Schneiderlin looked after being brought back in from the cold, I’d restore Andre Gomes to central midfield as he possesses the kind of quality to unpick the lock of Liverpool’s defence as was demonstrated at Anfield where he was unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet.
Theo Walcott endured another disappointing evening in South Wales on the right wing so I’d bring in Ademola Lookman , who has also kept the Reds rearguard on their toes in past meetings.
Silva has a huge call to make in central defence where Phil Jagielka was restored for his first full game of the season.
While it’s not a long-term option, the 36-year-old’s derby day experience and nous ensure he gets the nod to keep his place.
My team (4-3-3) – Pickford; Coleman, Digne, Keane, Jagielka; Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson; Lookman, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.