As suggested by Liverpool Echo, starting XI changes Frank Lampard could make as Everton clash with Leicester City next.
Everton will be hoping Richarlison, who scored the game-winning goal against Chelsea, is fit enough to lead the attack against Leicester City next Sunday.
The Brazilian took advantage of Cesar Azpilicueta’s ponderous possession to take the ball off the visiting captain, play a quick one-two with Demarai Gray, and shoot past Edouard Mendy for the game’s only goal.
Given that Richarlison scored in his second consecutive home game – he also scored a stoppage time equaliser against Leicester City – Blues manager Frank Lampard will be hoping that the season’s top scorer is available for the next trip to the King Power Stadium. The 24-year-old was taken off 10 minutes from the end against Chelsea after receiving treatment for a leg injury.
While Dominic Calvert-Lewin has returned to full fitness following his latest injury setback, the 21-goal top scorer has yet to score in any of his 11 Premier League appearances since returning from a quadriceps problem in January, and Salomon Rondon has only scored once in 18 Premier League appearances.
Everton used a five-man defence against last year’s European winners, so it’ll be interesting to watch if Lampard moves to a flat back four in the East Midlands, and if it necessitates any personnel changes.
Michael Keane was back on the bench at Goodison Park after making a last-minute Merseyside Derby start after Ben Godfrey was injured in the warm-up. However, unless Yerry Mina is deemed durable enough to play again – he’ll have had a week off – the former Burnley man may struggle to get back in, with captain Seamus Coleman having been deployed on the right hand side of a defensive trio last time out.
Alex Iwobi, who has produced a string of hard-working performances in recent weeks might revert to a midfield role after operating as a wing-back against Chelsea. There is competition for places in the engine room with Allan being the odd man out on the back of his much-discussed lack of successful passes against Everton’s local rivals prompting Fabian Delph and Abdoulaye Doucoure to be paired against Chelsea although the Brazilian replaced the former who was on a booking in the second half.
Dele Alli – whose cross into the box set up Richarlison’s last-gasp equaliser in the recent reverse fixture with Leicester City – came off the bench for the third consecutive match against Chelsea, but unless there are injuries between now and next weekend, it’s hard to see how he could force his way into Lampard’s starting line-up for the first time.