By Noel Whelan

30th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Rondon tipped for Everton axe against Liverpool with 24-yr-old to start - Whelan

Richarlison could lead the line for Everton against Liverpool at the expense of Salomon Rondon, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Toffees could benefit from the 24-year-old’s extra “quality”.

Richarlison was missing through suspension as Everton extended their winless streak to seven games with a 1-0 defeat against Brentford on Sunday (November 28th).

The goalless Rondon has started up front for the Toffees in six of the last nine Premier League games in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Venezuelan is recording an expected goals figure of just 0.15 per 90 minutes this season, compared to Calvert-Lewin’s 1.36 xG per game (FBref).

When asked if Rondon could find himself out of the Toffees starting eleven, Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “They’ve got to try something.

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“Someone has to go through that central area with a bit more quality than Rondon.

“If it’s Richarlison, then so be it. We’ve seen him in that role before for Everton, and even for Brazil – so why not under Benitez?

“They need someone a bit more intelligent, someone who is a bit hungrier in front of goal. Rondon has never been the kind of player who will score you 25 goals a season.

“Even when he was at Newcastle he didn’t get near to that landmark. He’s a backup who has had to play a lot because of the lengthy injury to Calvert-Lewin.

“They need something going through that central area because they need to score goals if they are to start winning football matches again.”

Richarlison has netted two league goals for Everton this season.

The Toffees face Liverpool and Arsenal in their next two fixtures.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has issued a ‘£498million’ Everton ‘investment’ reveal ahead of the January window.