Marco Silva has urged his Everton players to ‘rise to the challenge’ ahead of tomorrow’s Merseyside derby meeting with league leaders and bitter rivals, Liverpool.
Everton make the short journey across Stanley Park to their fierce rivals on Wednesday night looking to arrest their worrying run of form, the club’s poor start to the season seeing them sit just one point outside the Premier League‘s relegation places having won just once in their past five fixtures.
The pressure has continued to mount on Silva’s position at Goodison Park, and the Everton boss has now issued a rallying cry to his players as they bid to turn their season around against Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Silva said: “The message to the players is rise to the challenge. It’s a derby – it’s not important what’s gone before.”
Everton will have to overcome a poor record at Liverpool, having failed to win at Anfield since a Kevin Campbell goal secured victory some 20 years ago, whilst they have failed to beat Liverpool home or away in the Premier League since 2008.
Silva admits his side face a difficult task tomorrow evening, but insists he is relishing the occasion as his side look to cause an upset.
“It’s a fantastic game to play. Of course we’d prefer to play in our stadium, but they have to enjoy it,” he continued.
“It will be a tough game, as it will be for all clubs who visit them. Let’s go there to play.
“Twenty years without a win there is a long time, but it’s a good opportunity to change that.”