Michael Ball says no Liverpool player would get in Everton’s team

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The former Toffees defender has been talking up Roberto Martinez’s men’s chances with the derby on the horizon.

Former Everton defender Michael Ball has stated that he would not back any of the current Liverpool players to get into the Toffees’ first team, as reported by The Liverpool Echo.

The Merseyside rivals meet this Sunday at Goodison Park, with the blue side of the city on a high after strong performances of late.

A 3-2 victory away to West Brom on Monday night, coming from 2-0 down, will have Roberto Martinez’s men confident going into the first derby of the new campaign.

Liverpool on the other hand are under increasing pressure, with Brendan Rodgers’ position a point of contention due to an underwhelming start to the new campaign.

The Reds did beat Aston Villa 3-2 last time out, but a section of the Anfield faithful continue to believe that Rodgers is not the man to take the club forward.

Ball, who stepped out for Everton for five years between 1996 and 2001, has stated that the Goodison Park hosts should be very confident going into the crunch game.

“If we play at the top of our game then I can’t see this Liverpool side causing us many problems,” he told The Liverpool Echo.

“They are scoring goals but they are leaking a lot and we can take advantage.

“It’s why I believe the Blues won’t have a better chance of winning a derby so comfortably in a while.

“There’s not one Liverpool player I would want in the Everton line-up.

“Daniel Sturridge is back but how fit is he? Philippe Coutinho is their dangerman but if we stop him and Sturridge then I think we’ll be in a strong position.

“Even without Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, the form the rest of the lads have been in means I really fancy us to do the job on Sunday.”

Liverpool are in Europa League action against Swiss side Sion on Thursday night, with Everton surely hoping to take advantage of the fact that some of their opponents may well be tired as a result.

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