Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that he wants to see Everton’s Ross Barkley score against his former club when the Merseyside duo meet at Goodison Park this weekend.
Former Liverpool man Carragher is a proud Red, having represented the club throughout his career and remaining an avid supporter now in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports.
However, he is also fan of local Liverpool talent, and England international Barkley falls under that category, despite plying his trade for the Anfield outfit’s city rivals.
The 21-year-old has started the 2015/16 campaign in impressive form and Carragher is looking for him to maintain those high standards on Sunday, even though that will make Liverpool's task that much tougher.
“Even though Everton are a rival of Liverpool, and even in this derby game, I hope that Liverpool win obviously - but I hope that Ross Barkley plays well, maybe gets a goal and does something because I love seeing players from my own city do well,” Carragher explained.
“Whether it is for Liverpool or Everton, I am as delighted as any Evertonian when I see a local player coming through for them.”
Ross Barkley to get on the scoresheet against Liverpool?
Barkley’s record against Liverpool isn’t particularly good, but that could be said of a number of Everton players as they have notoriously underperformed against their rivals in recent years.
However, some could argue that Roberto Martinez currently possesses Everton’s best squad in years, and attacking midfielder Barkley is a key member of that.
The youngster has already netted twice this season and considering his upcoming opponents’ defensive frailties, he has every right to feel confident of adding to that tally this weekend.