Jamie Carragher posed for a snap with Everton duo Ross Barkley and Leon Osman ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon.
Former Everton defender Michael Ball says there is “not one” Liverpool player he would want in the Toffees’ side right now.
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku says Roberto Martinez’s side needs to show more hunger than Liverpool on Sunday.
Atkinson will stand in his fifth clash between Everton and Liverpool, who renew hostilities at Goodison Park at 1.30pm on Sunday, having previously caused controversy in the fixture.
Sunday’s derby could prove crucial in the development of Liverpool’s season, in particular, with manager Brendan Rodgers under pressure following a disappointing start to the season, despite last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa.
“Roberto Martinez has been talking about the top four and I think that will be very hard but it certainly pushes them very close if they can get results in the next two games”. They are scoring goals but they are leaking a lot and we can take advantage.
Carragher wrote on the photo-sharing app: “Spoke to two Blues today about the upcoming Derby, they fancy their chances!”
“Daniel Sturridge is back but how fit is he?” Philippe Coutinho is their danger man but if we stop him and Sturridge then I think we’ll be in a strong position.
“For that reason, the home side will start as favourites and Evertonians will be looking forward to this far more than the red part of Liverpool”.