Paul Merson: Why Everton will hold Liverpool to a draw on Sunday

Paul Merson is tipping Sunday's Merseyside derby to end up as a thrilling 2-2 draw

Paul Merson is tipping Everton to hold local rivals Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in Sunday’s Merseyside derby in the Premier League at Goodison Park.

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds make the short trip to their bitter rivals looking to build on their 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Anfield in the top flight last weekend.

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Sion in the Europa League in midweek as the Reds’ stuttering start to the new season continued.

And former Arsenal midfielder Merson reckons that Sunday’s showdown will finish all square on Merseyside.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Both sides will have a right go at each other and Daniel Sturridge’s return is a massive help for the game itself and Liverpool. I feel sorry for Brendan Rodgers.

“He lost Luis Suarez and then Sturridge didn’t kick a ball for the best part of 18 months. Jordan Henderson has also been out so they’ve been unlucky.

“Everton are probably in a position where people expect them to win this game. That is not usually the case and I don’t know how they are going to handle the pressure.

“The fans will turn up and think they should beat Liverpool and that doesn’t come along too often. That could be a worry. But I can’t wait for the game – it’s going to be a real entertaining football match.”

Liverpool head into Sunday’s clash with Roberto Martinez’s men in ninth place in the Premier League table after having taken 11 points from their first seven top-flight games.

Everton, meanwhile, are fifth and just a point ahead of their local rivals. The Toffees have not beaten Liverpool in the last nine attempts in the top flight.

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