Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson played in plenty of Merseyside derbies himself but he feels Sunday’s meeting without fans will be like no other in the fixture’s 124-year history.
Lawro will be at Goodison Park as co-commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live and said: “Of all the games to be played behind closed doors this weekend, this is going to feel like the strangest one.
“It is a derby but it won’t feel like one in any shape or form. I will be very surprised if the players are clattering into each other like they normally would.
“Goodison is usually such an intimidating ground in terms of the backing Everton get, especially against Liverpool, and the players usually feed of that derby atmosphere. We will not see any of that this time though.”
Liverpool know two wins will secure of their first league title since 1990. The earliest they can win it is Monday, if they beat Everton on Sunday and Man City lose to Burnley the following evening
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.
This week he is up against Al Greenwood, drummer with indie band Sports Team.
Sports Team have gone straight in at number two in the charts with their debut album ‘Deep Down Happy’, missing out on top spot to Lady Gaga by fewer than 600 sales.
“It’s been a hectic week,” Greenwood told BBC Sport. “A combination of our album coming out and Premier League football coming back have made it an amazing few days.”
“I retired up front when I stopped playing competitively,” Greenwood explained with a smile. “But I was a number 10 rather than a number nine doing the hard miles. I saw myself as a bit like Dimitar Berbatov, just kind of floating around and dinking it in”
Greenwood is a Manchester United fan and a keen footballer herself.
She told BBC Sport: “I used to play pretty competitively, never at too high a level, but I would be training or playing six or seven times a week.