IT has been a rather eventful week in the world of football which has meant a somewhat low key build up to this afternoon’s semi-final at Wembley.
Certainly more low-key that you would normally expect when these two sides meet in such an occasion.
From Everton’s point of view, the week could hardly have got any better and apart from the news that Jack Rodwell is now unlikely to feature for the rest of the season, a creditable draw at Norwich City was followed by resounding home victory against Sunderland on Monday.
Confidence must be sky-high and with a fully fit squad – Rodwell apart – to choose from it is almost as good as it gets for David Moyes.
Everton have hardly featured in the press this week whereas Liverpool have had a rather more hectic few days.
Certain sections of the media are becoming irritated with the opposition manager and when senior officials and backroom staff suddenly depart, eyebrows are raised even though press statements are always intended to reassure fans that all is well behind the scenes.
But in the midst of it all, Liverpool produced a very good performance at Ewood Park on Tuesday night, despite losing their second choice goalkeeper in the process.
Everton fans should however not take too much heart from Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems.
Brad Jones is equally likely to have a blinder at Wembley today as he is to crumble under the pressure of the big occasion.
The choice of referee should also not matter.
Such is the status of the Premier League that any official should be able to take charge of any domestic game with the confidence of everyone involved.
But I believe Everton will prevail, though with the opposition being who it is, we will have to be at our best to beat them.