Paul Merson states his prediction for Everton v Liverpool FC
The Sky Sports pundit is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday
Paul Merson is backing Liverpool FC to edge to narrow 2-1 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool FC will make the short trip to their bitter rivals looking to win back-to-back Premier League games to maintain their place at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 5-0 winners against Watford in midweek thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.
The Reds have only lost one Premier League game in the 2018-19 season following a 2-1 loss to Manchester City in January.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a slender win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
“Massive, massive game,” Merson told Sky Sports. “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.
“I thought Tottenham were unlucky when they didn’t win the league in 2015/16, it felt like Leicester were always playing first, and Spurs were always playing catch-up.
“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.”
Liverpool FC were 1-0 winners against Everton at Anfield in November thanks to Origi’s fortuitous added-time winner.
The Reds haven’t managed to beat Everton at Goodison Park since December 2016 when Sadio Mane netted the decisive goal.
Liverpool FC have finished in fourth place in their first two full seasons under Klopp.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund head coach is edging closer to his first Premier League title success.