Former Arsenal favourite: Liverpool and Everton have been a disaster!

Paul Merson looks ahead to the Merseyside derby and believes both teams have returned disastrous form.

When the Premier League fixture list for the 2014-15 campaign was released earlier this year, Saturday's Merseyside derby may have been highlighted as a potential six-pointer, with both Liverpool and Everton gunning for the title and a top four push, respectively.

However, the home side have already lost thrice from five games, returning just six points due to a brace of wins but are still one point ahead of visiting Everton in 14th place.

Writing in his preview column for Sky Sports, former Arsenal midfielder labelled their form to date as a "disaster" and that both teams will likely be set up for a 'must not lose' mentality.

"This is a big game for both teams because both have been having a bit of a disaster so far and whoever loses will be having even more of a disaster," said Merson.

"It might kick-start the season for whoever wins and I’ve got to go for Liverpool to get a narrow win. That’s mainly because I’ve never known Everton to be so bad defensively.

"They’ve been all over the place and they were well beaten by Swansea in midweek with a decent team out."

Liverpool have only once been defeated in their last 15 Merseyside derbies in the Premier League, while Anfield has long been a tricky ground for Everton - with just five scored from their last 12 games in the league against the Reds.

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