It may fly in the face of logic to say this and, on recent form, some would have Everton as favourites, but Liverpool have performed well in the big games this season and the Wembley environment will suit them.
This is such an intriguing game not only because it is an FA Cup semi-final but also because it has the capacity to save Liverpool's season and make Everton's.
I do not buy into the suggestion that Kenny Dalglish's position is under scrutiny. He is not going to walk away and the owners are not going to sack him, but this is still a huge game for Liverpool.
The problem for Dalglish is that Liverpool's form has fluctuated wildly between these highs and lows in the league and cups when the aim should be for an upward incline with only the occasional dip.
Liverpool fans will have watched the old footage of Bill Shankly pointing at the League Championship trophy and saying: "This is the one we want. This is the bread and butter."
Liverpool should always be aiming for the title or to be in the Champions League and Dalglish will be as disappointed as anyone at the way the Premier League season has gone.
Kenny Dalglish ahead of Saturday's semi-final
But if you win two out of the three competitions you enter, it is difficult to deem a season as a bad one. It would perhaps be marked "average to good".
To suggest the league form has been anything other than very disappointing since the turn of the year is stupid - but, if Dalglish claims a second trophy, the critics will have nowhere to go. If Liverpool don't win, the critics will have everywhere to go, of course.
While fingers have been pointed at Dalglish's signings, everyone is culpable. I really can't see anything other than a win for them.
Suspended goalkeeper Pepe Reina
will be a big miss but Dalglish and Liverpool have real match-winners like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez to call on.
But FA Cup semi-finals can make fools of us all and Everton are not just a good side, they are a really good side.
They have been outstanding since January and no-one needs me to remind them how highly I rate David Moyes, who I think is a superb manager.
But I am still tipping my old club to beat Everton and reach Wembley once more.
Graeme Sharp - Everton to win
Liverpool have an amazing confidence about the FA Cup semi-final against Everton - but let them be as confident as they always are. If you are talking about favourites, the form team is Everton.
Archive: Lineker and Lawro play snooker ahead of the 1986 FA Cup final between Everton and Liverpool
Form does not matter too much in derbies but the pressure is on Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish more than Everton and David Moyes considering the money they have spent.
Yes, they could win two trophies after lifting the League Cup but you only have to listen to their fans on phone-ins and the words of
die-hard Reds like John Aldridge
to know their season has been a massive disappointment, and many of the players they have bought have failed.
Reina is one of the best keepers in the Premier League. If you lose a player of that calibre it is always a blow, so I can see Everton putting Jones under real pressure and testing him out at set-pieces, which they excel at anyway.
Jelavic has real awareness and has also brought what Everton were missing most - a top-class reliable finisher.
When I first saw him start and
score the winner against Spurs,
I thought "we might have found a real centre-forward here". He is a very composed finisher. If you watch every goal he has scored for Everton he has not blasted one. Every one has been passed into the net.
David Weir is back at Everton as a coach now and he played with him at Rangers. He said: "This boy can really play and he's not soft touch either." So he will be a big player if Everton want to beat Liverpool.
Everton's big disappointment since the turn of the year was the derby at Anfield,
which ended in a 3-0 defeat
with David Moyes getting criticised in certain quarters for fielding a weakened team.
Derby day by numbers
Only David Johnson and Peter Beardsley have scored for both teams in a derby game
The number of red cards in a Merseyside derby in the Premier League
Only a fool would ignore the quality Liverpool have in someone like Steven Gerrard. Stewart Downing is a good winger and, whatever anyone says about him, Luis Suarez is a real danger up front.
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