It’s four successive clean sheets now for Liverpool, following their 5-0 Anfield annihilation of Watford.

This stretch also includes shut outs against the formidable attacks of Bayern Munich and Manchester United, suggesting Jurgen Klopp’s rearguard should be more than adept at coping with the defensive challenge posed by an away Merseyside derby.

Yet, Liverpool remain at an odds-against price to shut out Everton at Goodison Park. The Reds can be backed at 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

On top of Liverpool’s latest defensive resilience, here are three additional reasons why scoring struggles await Marco Silva’s men against their near neighbours.

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Everton’s recent attacking struggles

Looking back across the last six gameweeks of Premier League action, the Toffees are averaging a goal a game. However, this includes consecutive blanks, prior to putting three past relegation-threatened Cardiff.

Across the same period, only one top-flight team created chances less frequently than Everton.

Theo Walcott and friends are mustering a chance every 10.6 minutes, with one of Silva’s old clubs Watford the only weaker team in this regard.

Theo Walcott is still waiting for his first goal of 2019

Everton goal-shy at Goodison in derbies

Goals in general have been in relatively short supply in the more recent Merseyside derbies away from Anfield.

Back in April it finished goalless in a game so devoid of incident that referee Michael Oliver failed to even book anyone.

In fact, not only have Everton failed to score in their last two fixtures with Liverpool, they haven’t troubled the scorers in three of their last four against them on home soil. Their only goal in this time came from Romelu Lukaku in 2015.

Everton haven’t beaten Liverpool in 18 attempts, the visitors are 6/10 to win.

Liverpool and their away record

Not only are Klopp’s title challengers on a run of clean sheets, but they’ve been defensively strong on the road for much of the season.

The eight away goals they’ve shipped is fewer than anyone else in the Premier League.

Liverpool winning to nil against Everton can be backed at 6/4.

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