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Jamie Carragher- Lukaku could lead Everton back into Europe

Jamie Carragher- Lukaku could lead Everton back into Europe

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Everton's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku could fire the club back into Europe.

The talented Belgian forward joined the Merseyside club from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day, and has been in spectacular form for the Toffees notching up three goals in just two appearances for the club.

Lukaku's brace helped Everton beat Newcastle United by a scoreline of 3-2 on Monday, which placed them fourth in the Premier League table, and Carragher believes that his form could help the club finish in the European places this season. 

The former Reds defender told Sky Sports: "He's the type of player you look at as defenders and you think 'that's probably why I retired'. You don't really want to be coming up against players like that.

"He has the goals, the power and the strength, but did you see the pass for the second goal for Barkley and the weight of that pass? He's got so much about him.

"If you think about the Everton sides under David Moyes they were solid defensively and had good compact midfields but they always lacked a standout striker. They had Tim Cahill, who'd play off the front and would get goals, but you look at this lad in his first game-and-a-half in the Premier League for Everton and he's got three goals and one assist. Have they ever had a striker of that quality?

"David Moyes got them to the Champions League once and they got knocked out in the qualifying round and Roberto Martinez says Bill Kenwright put him under a little bit of pressure in his first interview by mentioning the Champions League. But they are there now and with this striker that they haven't had before then who knows?"