BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson is expecting Liverpool and Everton to share the spoils when they line up at Anfield this evening.
The Reds have been struggling at home for a while, finding it hard to break down teams who sit deep, and Lawrenson thinks the Toffees will make life difficult for Jurgen Klopp’s side:
“Liverpool have suddenly found it hard to get a result at Anfield, which is another reason Everton will fancy their chances. You know Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be feisty and they could have Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to lead their attack. If he plays, he will be a handful.”
Lawrenson has gone for a 1-1 draw, which is surprising, considering that the former Reds defender usually picks Liverpool to win games. However, he is right to point to the club’s recent problems at Anfield for why they won’t get the three points.
If Klopp’s men get an early goal, it would make all the difference as it could open up the game, but their lack of creativity in recent months means this may be another cagey affair, decided by the finest of margins.
Merseyside derbies are usually tight contests anyway and this one is shaping up to be no different.