Liverpool visit Everton this weekend where they will be counting on putting on a far greater show than the one they did last time the two sides met – the Reds nicked the three points in the dying seconds of an otherwise uneventful clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s side battered Watford on Wednesday, and in respect of that result, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson feels there is little hope for their Merseyside neighbours.
What did he say?
Summarising his predictions for the weekend’s round of football, Merson said:
“Massive, massive game. Manchester City will have probably won and be top of the league, and with 10 to go, who plays first is a big mental advantage.
“If Liverpool win, they’re ticking off a big game. It’s out of Man City’s hands at the moment, but as soon as Liverpool do drop points I think they’re in trouble.
“Watford was a banana skin, it looked a hard game, and they come out with a 5-0 win. That gives them a massive boost.
“What threat do Everton have? Man-for-man, there is no threat, but it’s Everton’s cup final. Liverpool have to get through this unscathed.”
The former midfielder thinks that the Reds quality will surely be too much for their hosts; rubbing salt in the Toffees’ wounds by stating that “there is no threat” to Liverpool, presumably if they muster a display of a similar standard to Wednesday night’s.
Marco Silva’s side dismantled Cardiff with relative ease on Tuesday, with Gylfi Sigurdsson back to his best but, on the red half of Merseyside, defensive behemoth Virgil van Dijk netted twice as well as producing yet another commanding defensive performance.
It will take something not far short of a miracle for the Goodison Park outfit to get a result against Liverpool if they are in sparkling form once again and the Anfield faithful will surely love hearing that Merson feels there is little chance for their bitter rivals to do any damage man-for-man.