Jamie Carragher identifies Everton's biggest threats to Liverpool ahead of derby

Jamie Carragher thinks his old club Liverpool could have difficulty dealing with Everton's attacking threats.

Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Liverpool cannot focus solely on taking Romelu Lukaku out of the game in the Merseyside derby, as Everton have too many other threats.

The Toffees have been in brilliant form so far this campaign, and they currently occupy fifth spot in the Premier League table.

Carragher has seen enough in Everton's games to suggest that they will trouble Liverpool on Sunday, and he has warned his old side that they will have to be alert defensively if they are to pick up a win. 

"I think Everton have got a few threats - maybe on the back of Monday you may say Lukaku is the biggest now," Carragher said to Sky Sports. "But you look at the service coming from out wide from [Gerard] Deulofeu, you've got [Ross] Barkley in behind as well, you've got [James] McCarthy in central midfield, who is a fantastic player.

"And I think that Everton have now got a lot of weapons really and credit to Everton for the players that they have brought in, Lukaku was their big signing a year or two ago, and he is the one who gets the goals for them. So with Liverpool's defensive record this season, he is certainly one to watch."

Lukaku scored twice in Everton's last fixture against West Bromwich Albion, and he already has six goals to his name this season. 

He has been the Toffees' main man up front, and his physicality makes him a nightmare for defenders to try and mark.

Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven matches, and to stop that run being extended they will have to tighten their backline up considerably. 

The Reds can ill-afford to lose the fixture, as Brendan Rodgers is already under plenty of pressure, and another defeat would only serve to make the calls for him to be sacked grow even louder. 

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch