Phil Thompson predicts Liverpool v Everton, identifies pivotal Reds quartet
By Will Butcher
Phil Thompson believes Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi will be pivotal in Liverpool’s Merseyside derby clash against Everton.
The Sky Sports pundit called on captain Henderson to ignite the fire in the bellies of Liverpool’s star-studded squad, while Lallana, Origi and Firmino can combine to put the Toffees defence to the sword.
Thompson, who played for Liverpool between 1971 and 1984, told Sky Sports that Jurgen Klopp’s side would secure a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park on Monday night as he identified the key men for the visitors.
“It will be up to Jordan Henderson to raise the Liverpool team and remind them of the importance of this match,” Thompson said.
“Adam Lallana has been different class; the way he and Roberto Firmino get between the lines. Divock Origi has certainly taken his chance with five goals in five.”
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With just two losses in 20 league and cup fixtures this season, Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their emphatic run of form against their bitter rivals.
Everton have failed to beat Liverpool since October 2010, with the Reds winning five and the other seven encounters finishing in draws.
In-form playmaker Lallana scored twice last time out against Middlesbrough, taking his tally to nine goals for club and country this season in 18 league and cup encounters.
Fans will be hoping he continues his magnificent form, similarly to Origi who has managed five strikes in the same amount of appearances.
However, Liverpool will face an uphill task away from home due to a number of injury problems. Everton are also in buoyant mood after securing a late 2-1 win against Arsenal last week.
Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge and Joel Matip are all doubts, while Philippe Coutinho, Danny Ings and Marko Grujic have been ruled out.
In other Liverpool news, Henderson is confident he can captain his side to a Merseyside derby win despite missing Coutinho.