Paul Merson says Liverpool must fight fire with fire and attack in order to beat Everton

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Paul Merson is predicting a high-scoring Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool.

Former Arsenal man Paul Merson believes Liverpool’s only chance of beating Everton this weekend is to fight fire with fire and attack the Toffees from the off, he has written in his column for the Daily Star.

The Toffees head into the Merseyside derby boasting the better form, unbeaten in six games in all competitions and having scored eight goals in their last four matches.

Everton are seemingly full of goals, whereas Liverpool of late have been fragile at the back.

As such, writing in his column for the Daily Star, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson feels Liverpool’s only chance of success is to force an open game and look to outscore their Merseyside rivals.

“The Merseyside derby is going to be a humdinger with goals galore,” Merson predicted.

“Both teams will absolutely go for it. If Liverpool sit back and defend, I don’t see anything but an Everton win, so they have to fight fire with fire.”

“I genuinely couldn’t choose between them because I could see either team winning the game easily.”

“If Romelu Lukaku plays like he did against West Brom, I don’t see how Liverpool can stop him. But then I don’t see how Everton can stop Daniel Sturridge either.”

Can Liverpool outscore the hosts?

If this question was posed at the beginning of the season, most Premier League observers would have said 'no', with the Reds struggling for creativity and scoring just twice in their opening four league games.

However, the return of Daniel Sturridge has given them a new dimension up front, and the lively Danny Ings is arguably the perfect foil for the England international to find space in dangerous areas.

As good as Everton have been of late, they are vulnerable and sometimes prone to losing concentration – resulting in their very own defensive frailties.

Predicting the winner of a Merseyside derby is often a thankless task – and there is a certain intrigue surrounding this fixture which makes almost anything possible.

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