Joey Barton issues warning to Liverpool fans

Joey Barton of Rangers  during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Joey Barton believes Liverpool supporters should not get carried away.

Liverpool players (back row L-R) Liverpool's German goalkeeper Loris Karius, Liverpool's German-born Cameroonian defender Joel Matip, Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can, Liverpool's...

Former Premier League star Joey Barton has warned Liverpool supporters not to be over confident ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby.

Liverpool are coming off a 7-0 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow, and put five goals past Brighton days earlier.

Responding to a Liverpool fan on Twitter who was joking about how easy the game could be, Barton said he agreed with Roy Keane, who asserted that the Reds have not beaten any team of real quality.

Liverpool are still heavy favourites for the fixture at Anfield, although Everton's trump card is manager Sam Allardyce, who has given the Blues fresh impetus.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

It would still be a big surprise if Everton win, but the Toffees have match winners in their side like Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson and Liverpool's unpredictable defence could be the difference between winning and losing.

Everton won their first league game under Allardyce, but Sadio Mane and co are likely to provide a far sterner test than Huddersfield did, and the Toffees will have to dig deep to shut out the irrepressible Reds attack.

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