Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Romelu Lukaku was misused by Everton against his old side.
Everton and Liverpool shared a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby over the weekend and Murphy has suggested Roberto Martinez needs to get the forward back into his more natural position.
“He started out to the left and I don’t think it’s his best position there – He needs to play through the middle where he can affect games,” said Murphy.
There are obvious benefits to playing Lukaku through the middle of the Everton attack.
He’s a big, imposing sort of striker and carries a presence, which can intimidate opposition backlines.
While he’s a good player in terms of his technique, he also offers something as a target man and can arguably hold the play up more effectively for Everton than any other player.
Pushing him out to the left makes him easier to contain because any side can double up against him effectively.
It’s also arguable that he becomes predictable because his natural instinct is to come inside and into a position where he feels more comfortable.
For Everton to progress and climb the table, they need the Belgian to score goals and he’s got a better chance of doing that as the main centre forward, with teammates feeding off of the way he plays.
Hopefully Martinez will make the decision to play him centrally again against Chelsea, with the Spaniard playing on the fact he can prove a point to those who doubted him at Stamford Bridge.