It is no secret that Liverpool have had by far the better of Everton in the last few years whenever the two sides have played. While the Merseyside Derby still raises the hackles of the respective supporters, it’s been pretty much a non-contest for the Blues who have somehow not beaten the Reds since 2010. The last time the Toffees won at Anfield was not even in this millenium, with a Kevin Campbell winner back in 1999.
As one of the longest-tenured players still on the squad, Seamus Coleman remembers that 2-0 home win, but acknowledges the Blues need to be much better.
“It is quite embarrassing that that is the last time we beat them.
“Look, I don’t want to say the same old things I have said before every derby and then we don’t turn up. We have to turn up and do it on the pitch. We don’t want to make all the headlines and then the fans go we have heard that before. We have to turn up.”
In the past it hasn’t mattered whether Everton have been in fine form or utter trash, somehow they have continued to find ways to lose (or sometimes draw) in the Derby. This year though, under new manager Marco Silva and currently sitting pretty in sixth place, there is a sense of resolve among the players.
“Honestly, we are full of confidence going there.
“We won’t change the way we play or anything like that, like maybe we have in the past, it won’t be a case of going there for a draw. The manager sets us up to win every game and hopefully the lads will then step up to the occasion. I think the players we have signed we will be going into this derby with a fresh approach.”
Whether or not that confidence is unfounded, one thing is for certain - with Silva in charge Everton will not turtle and play for the point like they did last season at Anfield under Sam Allardyce.
Coleman recently made the headlines on both sides of Stanley Park after donating a substantial sum of money towards the recovery of ailing Liverpool fan Sean Cox who was injured when attacked by AS Roma fans earlier this year.