‘Think again’: Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Everton
Former Reds striker Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to beat Everton in Wednesday night's Merseyside derby
Michael Owen is tipping Liverpool FC to win a high-scoring derby against Everton at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The Reds will be looking to extend their winning run in the Premier League to five games when their local rivals Everton make the short trip to Anfield.
Liverpool FC were narrow 2-1 winners against Brighton at the weekend despite the Premier League leaders being reduced to 10 men in the second half after Alisson Becker’s red card.
Virgil Van Dijk scored twice from set pieces to secure three points for the home side and cement their eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City in the title race.
Liverpool FC have barely put a foot wrong in the Premier League so far following 13 victories and one stalemate.
Everton suffered a 2-1 loss to Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday after the title challengers netted a winner in added time to deny the Toffees a valuable point.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Klopp’s side to secure a straightforward victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday night.
“The 234th Merseyside derby sees Liverpool – with an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League – entertain an Everton side one place and two points above the relegation places. Safe to assume a routine home win for the Reds? Think again,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds will not be taking their Merseyside rivals lightly and Jurgen Klopp will be well aware that Everton could, and probably should, have taken a point at Leicester on Sunday against Liverpool’s nearest challengers in the table.
“Liverpool, surprisingly, have yet to keep a clean sheet at Anfield so far this season, but I expect the Reds will be celebrating a 94th Merseyside derby win against the Blues.”
Liverpool FC finished in second place in the Premier League title race last season.
The Reds won their first piece of silverware under Klopp following a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in June.