John Aldridge: This Everton tactic will fall straight into Liverpool trap
By Dominic Toner
John Aldridge believes that Liverpool will prefer it if Everton attack them in their Merseyside clash.
The Reds host their rivals on Saturday in the Premier League as domestic football resumes after the international break.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to continue their three-game unbeaten run and consolidate their spot in the top four.
Meanwhile, the Toffees are seventh-placed in the league table and have an outside shot of making it into the top four places.
Sadio Mane’s 94th minute winner ensured a 1-0 away win for Liverpool in the first clash with Everton this season, but the latter will be seeking revenge.
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Aldridge feels that Ronald Koeman’s side usually play an attacking style away from Goodison Park and feels that could fall into Liverpool’s trap if they deploy the same tactics.
“I’ll be interested to see how Everton approach it,” Aldridge wrote in the Echo. “They’ve generally gone to try and win games away from home over the past couple of seasons, but will they change their approach coming to Anfield?”
“I hope not, because a team that comes out and tries to play suits Liverpool. We’ve seen how we have struggled when given the ball and asked to try and break down sides that sit deep.”
Liverpool have excelled against teams in the top half of the table this season and are unbeaten against the top six sides.
However, they have found it more difficult against lesser opposition and suffered defeats to the likes of Burnley, Hull and Swansea this season.
Klopp will be hoping his team can continue a recent revival and will be desperate for captain Jordan Henderson to return in time from injury.
The Liverpool backline will surely need to be on their best form to keep out an exciting side, who will have in-form striker Romelu Lukaku spearheading the attack.
In other Liverpool news, Lee Dixon claims the club’s player will be distraught after England’s win against Lithuania.