Sturridge’s return given Liverpool massive lift, says Reds legend
Jamie Carragher talks up Liverpool's chances of winning Merseyside derby
Jamie Carragher believes the return of Daniel Sturridge can inspire Liverpool to Merseyside derby glory on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ side make the short trip to Goodison Park on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run in the league and a last-gasp 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth-round replay mid-week.
Him coming back is a massive lift, and with Raheem Sterling dropping back alongside Coutinho and Lallana it looks exciting
Everton, meanwhile, are unbeaten in three matches, having recently won at Crystal Palace and earned a draw at home to Manchester City.
But Carragher says Sturridge’s return from a five-month injury lay-off will enhance Liverpool’s chances of beating an Everton side that have conceded 34 goals in the Premier League this season.
“Everton have struggled defensively this season, but I think after John Stones has come back into the side, there has been a bit of a difference,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“But he will have his work cut out with Daniel Sturridge back – the best English striker around.
“Him coming back is a massive lift, and with Raheem Sterling dropping back alongside Coutinho and Lallana it looks exciting.
The former Reds centre-half also predicted his old side to win, adding: “There will be goals in this. It is a difficult one to call, but I am siding with Liverpool as they are in better form.”
Everton have failed to beat Liverpool in their last nine attempts, not winning against the Reds since October 2010.
Roberto Martinez’s side have had a difficult season after having struggled to cope with Premier League and Europa League commitments following a sixth-place finish last season.
Liverpool also endured problems in the first half of the season after the departure of star striker Luis Suarez in the summer.
However, Rodgers’ side, who have won their last three league matches, have climbed up the table to seventh in recent months and are now only four points off the top four.