Sky Sports pundit implores Everton to do this or face disaster v Liverpool
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas insists Everton will have to “park the bus” if they are to avoid a heavy defeat in the Merseyside derby this weekend.
The Toffees travel to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, after back-to-back league wins against West Ham United and Huddersfield Town.
Meanwhile, free-scoring Liverpool are up to fourth-place in the Premier League after thrashing Brighton 5-1 on Saturday and beat Spartak Moscow 7-0 in the Champions League last night.
Everton will have to deal with Liverpool’s dangerous attack force of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Robtero Firmino and Mohammed Salah, who all scored on Wednesday night.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas believes the Toffees must “park the bus” if they are to avoid defeat against their rivals.
“It is the pace at which they do it,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
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“To defend that, you have to park the bus really deep, sit on the edge of your box and play with protection – probably three central midfield players in front of your defence – and say ‘you will have to go round the flanks’.
“They [Liverpool] don’t have any height and I think that is the one area you can pick them. I think that is what Manchester United did. Whether Everton are good enough? I have my doubts.”
Liverpool have scored freely this season and come into the game against Everton on a high after thrashing Spartak Moscow 7-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The new Everton manager Sam Allardyce was the last manager to beat Liverpool at Anfield, when he won there with Crystal Palace at the end of last season.
However, Everton do have a poor defensive record this season, having conceding 28 goals in just 15 Premier League matches. They also have a poor record against Liverpool and have not beaten the Reds since October 2010.
In the mean time, the Toffees travel to Apollon Limassol in Europa League action tonight, having already been eliminated from the competition.