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John Barnes predicts a close Merseyside derby

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes this weekend’s Merseyside derby could be a tricky game for the Reds.

Everton visit Anfield on Sunday, a venue that the Bluenoses have been unable to secure a victory at so far this century. However, despite Liverpool’s dominance against their local rivals, Marco Silva’s side will be full of confidence based on their recent form in the Premier League.

Commenting on the match, Digger said: “Everton have not been in form in recent years so we have gone into the game as clearly the better team.

“Much as we are a good team now, Everton are in better form than they were so I think it will be a much closer game.

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“But I am optimistic. I believe that Jurgen Klopp can maximise Liverpool’s potential this season. Unfortunately, Manchester City are a top team as well so if you are going to say that Liverpool are going to win the league then you are saying that Manchester City are not.

“They are still the favourites for the title, but we are running them much closer than we have done in the past and I do make us the clear second favourites. I am not saying that we cannot win it but that I think we are the closest to Manchester City.”