The days when both Merseyside clubs dominated English football seems a lifetime ago, but that will not diminish the occasion at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, nor will either set of supporters be feeling particularly confident.
However, Marco Silva’s initial attempt at ending a vicennial winless record at Anfield looks set to deliver an unforgettable encounter.
The 2017/18 Anfield encounter saw winter weather more befitting of Sundays December date and a performance that ultimately matched the tortuous temperatures. Since that horrendous, Allardyce inspired performance, Everton have attempted everything conceivably possible to triumph over their footballing neighbors; one being appointing Marco Silva.
“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. It won’t be a case of going there for a draw,” uttered Seamus Coleman despite the dangers of exhibiting any sign of misconstrued confidence during derby week.
That Coleman’s reservations were dispelled as passionately as they had been raised is validation of the impact that Macro Silva is having.
The confidence that the Portuguese manager has brought to Everton is already palpable, but a victory on Sunday would propel this already satisfactory start into being an exceptional one.
Marco Silva has plenty to ponder ahead of Sunday’s historic match, but the fabled Anfield atmosphere – which is undeservingly lauded by the broadcasting microcosm of previous Liverpool players – is not something he will be concerned about.
Silva has experienced the ferocity of European footballs biggest rivalries; managing Sporting CP in the Derby de Lisboa – Portugal’s answer to El Clásico – and Olympiacos versus PAOK.
If Marco Silva can go to Anfield and assert his gameplan on the match, then the longsuffering Evertonian’s will be celebrating on Sunday.
Every agitated Evertonian 24 hours before an Anfield derby has muttered the phrase: “we can’t just never win there ever again.”
As we know, form goes out the window when the Merseyside derby comes around, but going into the game at Anfield buoyed by a string of positive results can only be a good thing.
Gone are the tempestuous weeks which seemingly foreshadowed the match whilst ex-delinquents such as Royston Drenthe, who famously went AWOL the night before a Merseyside derby, are nowhere to be seen.
Silva is likely to select the same team that triumphed over Cardiff City, however a slew of Evertonian’s are calling for Ademola Lookman to start over Theo Walcott who has been struggling for form recently.
Furthermore, Kurt Zouma, Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, and fellow countrymen Richarlison and Bernard, will also be making their debuts in this 232nd Merseyside derby.
Sundays match is undoubtably Everton’s best chance to exorcise a 19-year-old winless ghost.
The Dixie Dean Hotel
The Dixie Dean Hotel is set to complete Liverpool’s upcoming Football Quarter. The lavish venue will sit opposite the iconic Shankly Hotel, which commemorates and celebrates the life of Liverpool’s manager.
The unique hotel will offer Evertonian’s an unrivalled football experience, perfect for overnight stays, watching Everton matches and basking in and enjoying unseen memorabilia.
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