Silva wary of over-hyping Merseyside derby against Liverpool


Date published: Friday 30th November 2018 3:27

Marco Silva knows Sunday’s trip to Liverpool will be a “special match” but does not want his Everton side to change anything in their approach.

The Toffees climbed to sixth place with victory over Cardiff last weekend, and Silva is looking for continuity from a side who have lost just once in their last seven Premier League matches.

“It is an important match, it’s a special match for everyone in the city,” Silva said. “We did everything in the same way to prepare well our players but of course it’s a special match.

“What I want to see in our team is for us to be ourselves, nothing different to what we did in the big games we already played until now. I’m sure this is what our fans want to see, for us to be ourselves, to fight to achieve a result.

“I feel it’s a special game for them as well but our fans want us to be the same team, playing to win the match, to be strong, to enjoy the moment and have the ambition to win.

“Nothing changes because in the last match we achieved sixth position in the table.”

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999, but Silva was wary of over-hyping the occasion.

“I can use it in both ways,” the Portuguese said. “It’s a fact, but I can say to them always these type of records, they exist to break. For us the most important thing is the present, and is the future. Past is past, we can do nothing to change the past but we can work well in our present to make well the future.

“I don’t want our players to think, ‘This is the match’, it’s not the last match of the season. I want them to play the match to win. For sure, it will be a really tough match, we are playing against a strong side, quality, (Jurgen) Klopp is doing a very good job.

“But it is one more match. I want them with a big motivation. The three results can happen in the match but nothing will change in our way. We are here to build something, to prepare our club and players to compete in every match, every time against these sides and not just on one day where you can have one good day.

“We want to play against them week by week and be competitive.”