Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Everton v Liverpool FC
The Arsenal legend believes Everton and Liverpool FC will share the spoils in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Everton to hold Liverpool FC to a 2-2 draw in Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Liverpool FC were impressive 3-0 winners against Premier League leaders Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.
The Reds surged into a commanding first-half lead thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino.
The Egypt international was forced off with an injury problem in the second after scoring his 38th goal of the season in all competitions to edge closer to Ian Rush’s club record.
However, Jurgen Klopp could protect Salah ahead of the second leg as well as some of his other big names with Liverpool FC so close to their first Champions League semi-final since 2008.
Former Arsenal star Nicholas believes Everton will secure a 2-2 draw with Liverpool FC as long as Salah doesn’t start for the Anfield outfit at Goodison Park in Saturday’s early kick-off.
“Well after the midweek result, people will say Liverpool are tired but they also have tremendous momentum,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Klopp rotated when he didn’t really need to in the reverse fixture and you wonder which of their front three will make it.
“If Salah was fit then I could see an annihilation but I think if Everton are still in the game in the final 30 minutes then they’ve got a good chance of getting something as Liverpool will be on their knees.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.
The Merseyside outfit haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.