By Dominic Toner

Danny Higginbotham believes that Liverpool will be vulnerable to the counter attack against Everton and feels that Romelu Lukaku could play a major role.

The Reds host their Merseyside rivals on Saturday in the Premier League as domestic football returns following the international break.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will be striving to continue the form that has seen them climb into the top four in the table, while the Toffees are just six points adrift in seventh.

Sky Sports pundit Higginbotham has explained that Liverpool could struggle against the pace of Everton on the counter.

He also expects star striker Lukaku to play a major role and the Belgian has been in sensational form this season.

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“Liverpool are a team that are at their most vulnerable when they are attacking,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports. “The better the team you are, the more possession of the ball you are going to have.

“The more possession you have, the more open you are going to be to the counter-attack. Lukaku is a player who could play on the shoulder very well, and that could suit Everton to play on the counter-attack.”

Lukaku is likely to prove the major threat to the Liverpool backline and has been in great touch in front of goal this season.

The 23-year-old has made 30 appearances this campaign across all competitions and scored 22 goals in return.

The Reds managed to nick a 1-0 victory in the previous meeting this season at Goodison Park, but are expected to see a lot more possession at home, something Everton could use to their advantage.

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