Sky Sports pundit predicts the outcome of Everton vs Liverpool

Paul Merson - Walsall Manager

Liverpool make the short trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Monday night.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson predicted the outcome of Everton vs Liverpool on Monday night, when writing his column for Sky Sports, and highlighted Liverpool's defence as a key area of concern.

Ronald Koeman's Everton side returned to winning ways on Tuesday night with a magnificent 2-1 victory over Arsenal, whilst Jürgen Klopp's men produced an equally impressive display during their 3-0 win at Middlesbrough.

The Reds will be in desperate need of all three points on Monday, as they look to keep pace with Chelsea ta the top of the league, whilst Everton are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since September.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

When writing his column for Sky Sports, Merson could not separate the two sides, and predicted a closely-fought encounter:

"Liverpool are massive favourites here, but this is a Merseyside derby, a leveller, so anything can happen. If Everton can play like they can they can get a win. Liverpool at the back are not good enough, but going forward they are the best around at the moment, and have goals from everywhere. It really should be a great game, with goals."

Prediction: 2-2

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after the matchLiverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates 

The Reds currently sit six points adrift of Chelsea, and with the league leaders playing Crystal Palace tomorrow, Klopp's men could very well find themselves nine points behind the Londoners as they head into Monday night's game.

The Merseyside derby is equally as important to Everton though, and win for the Toffees could see them jump to seventh in the table, and once again give them hopes of finishing inside the European spots.

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