By Will Butcher
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Liverpool’s Merseyside derby showdown against Everton will end in a share of the spoils.
The bitter rivals go head to head on Monday night, as both Jurgen Klopp and Ronald Koeman look to build on recent recent wins.
Merson believes the game will finish in an exciting 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, claiming that Liverpool are “massive favourites” but Everton’s tactics could prove key to the end result.
“Liverpool are massive favourites here,” Merson said on the Sky Sports website. “But this is a Merseyside derby, a leveller, so anything can happen.
“If Everton can play like they can, like they did against Arsenal, getting in their faces, they can get a win. Liverpool are the best around at the moment, and have goals from everywhere. It really should be a great game, with goals.”
Liverpool come into the game off the back of a superb 3-0 victory away from home against Middlesbrough, with in-form playmaker Adam Lallana notching a brace.
However, they could struggle against the Toffees as they have a number of high-profile first-team players missing through injury.
Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings remain sidelined with long-term problems, while Daniel Sturridge, Joel Matip and Emre Can are all doubts for the short trip to Goodison Park.
Koeman’s side will be looking to build on their superb 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Tuesday night, after Ashley Williams secured just their second win in 12 games with a powerful header late on.
Liverpool will be looking to maintain an unbeaten run of 12 league and cup games against Everton, with the Toffees last tasting derby-day victory in October 2010.
A win for the Reds could see them move to within three points of Antonio Conte’s league leaders Chelsea, if the Blues drop points against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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