Liverpool have suffered one of their worst defeats in their recent history before the international break. Jürgen Klopp’s side will be looking to remedy the loss with a win over noisy neighbours Everton, hopefully knocking them off top spot in the process. Speaking to ESPN FC, Liverpool legend Steve Nicol named James Rodriguez as the man to be scared of.

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol named James Rodriguez as the man to be scared of.

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol named James Rodriguez as the man to be scared of. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Monumental Merseyside Derby

As it stands, Everton are top of the league. No matter how often we try not to look at the table, they’re still top of it and that is horrifying.

The Ev have enjoyed a good start to the season, winning each of their Premier League games. Having said that, they haven’t really had any tough tests – Tottenham didn’t look at the races at all when they lost to the Toffees.

Jürgen Klopp’s side are three points off the pace having been humiliated at Villa Park, meaning that a resounding victory in the Merseyside Derby after the break could put the Red back on top – any victory would at least have them level on points.

Steve Nicol pinpoints James Rodriguez

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has highlighted the threat that James Rodriguez poses in the Merseyside Derby.

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The Colombian international has started the season in fine form, repaying the faith shown in him by Carlo Ancelotti.

Steve Nicol said of James Rodriguez on ESPN FC:

“Regardless of who the next opposition was going to be, I am questioning the backline.

“The fact that it is Everton and James, and the fact that if Liverpool decide to keep playing this ridiculous high line, if there was one man who can stick the ball behind with accuracy, it is James.”

What RTK has to say

Steve Nicol is right to be worried about James Rodriguez.

The Colombian has netted three goals and bagged two assists in his first four Premier League games.

We’ll be looking to Fabinho to stop the World Cup Golden Boot winner, or Thiago should Fabby be dropped into the back line.

Fingers crossed Jürgen Klopp will have given the lads the hairdryer treatment and the Ev won’t be able to settle on the ball the way they have been this season.

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