Liverpool news: Reds will punish Everton in Merseyside derby – Martin Keown | Football | Sport


That’s the verdict of former Toffees star Martin Keown, who believes the Reds’ all-star attacking line-up have the ability to hurt his old side.

Liverpool are fourth going into this weekend’s Anfield showdown having won five of their last six Premier League games.

And they did their confidence no harm on Wednesday night as they put Spartak Moscow to the sword in the Champions League.

Everton, meanwhile, have experienced a mini-revival since the appointment of Sam Allardyce but are 11 points adrift of their Merseyside rivals.

Keown, who spent four years at Goodison Park during his playing career, reckons there will be an evident gulf between the two sides on Sunday.

“I think this is going to be a damage-limitation job for Sam Allardyce,” he explained to the Daily Mail.

“Jurgen Klopp has said that Liverpool’s attacking football is some of the best he has seen at any club where he has worked.

“You have the breathtaking pace of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the intelligent, gifted Roberto Firmino up top and Philippe Coutinho linking it all together.

“This is the first time they have had a regular run of games together and they are really quite brilliant.

“The likes of Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams have struggled in one-v-one situations — and these Liverpool forwards will isolate you.

“Does Allardyce use Mason Holgate, who is a bit quicker? Or does he play a back five to deal with it?

“If Everton leave any space for Liverpool to run into, they will be punished.

“Liverpool to win this 3-0.

“As I have said, it’s going to be about damage limitation for Everton.”

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