Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful now is ‘the right time’ for Everton to finally win at Anfield ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside Derby with Liverpool.
Everton travel the short distance to face the Premier League champions tomorrow evening looking to end a wretched recent record against their city rivals, having failed to beat Liverpool in 23 meetings across all competitions in a run that stretches more than a decade.
The Toffees’ record at Anfield makes for even worse reading, however, their last away derby victory coming through Kevin Campbell’s winner in a 1-0 victory back in September 1999.
Everton were thrashed 5-2 in the same fixture last season but head to an out-of-sorts Liverpool this weekend, the Reds having seen a 68-game unbeaten home run ended by Burnley last month before suffering further Anfield defeats to both Brighton and Manchester City.
With Everton heading across the city to face a Liverpool side on the back of three consecutive home defeats, Ancelotti is hopeful his side can end their long wait for derby day success this weekend.
“Every derby you play against Liverpool, you want to win,” Ancelotti told his pre-match press conference.
”It’s a long time that Everton won a derby. Is it the right time tomorrow? It could be.
“It depends on what we are able to do on the pitch and only this.”
“The motivation is really high, we want to compete against our neighbours, and it’s a derby and it is a special game.”
Everton currently sit seventh in the Premier League as they seek European football, three points behind Liverpool with a game in hand on their Merseyside rivals ahead of tomorrow evening’s crucial clash.