Everton have been handed a “big, big boost” after it was confirmed Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set to return to the starting XI against Liverpool.
That is the view of former West Ham and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Carlo Ancelotti revealed the England international could return from a hamstring injury at Anfield.
Calvert-Lewin has missed Everton’s last two Premier League games after he limped off in the second half of their FA Cup tie with Tottenham.
Ancelotti’s side lost both of the games the 23-year-old missed and found the net just once.
McAvennie has suggested they will not struggle in front of goal against the Premier League champions as Calvert-Lewin will relish the prospect of playing against Liverpool’s makeshift defence and shaky goalkeeper.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It’s a big, big boost.
“They’ve been all over the place, they’ve missed him.
“When West Ham played Liverpool a few weeks ago I said if I was Antonio I’d love to play against Henderson and Fabinho. A good centre-forward can run them ragged. West Ham didn’t do it, they played too conservatively.
“I don’t think Everton will be that conservative, I’ll think they’ll have a go. Especially with him up front, he’ll be relishing the fact he’s playing against midfield players.
“It will be a wonderful game because those three up front for Liverpool are different class.
“It’s just the defence and the keeper hasn’t been great.”
Calvert-Lewin has scored 13 Premier League goals this season including two in his last two league appearances.
Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in their last six league games and are winless at Anfield in their last five league fixtures.