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Silva says Merseyside Derby is ‘like a World Cup Final’ for both sides

Everton manager Marco Silva has described the Merseyside Derby as ‘like a World Cup Final’ for both sides ahead of the fixture this weekend.

Liverpool travel to Goodison Park to face neighbours Everton this Sunday, looking to maintain their one-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they seek a first top flight title in 29 years.

Divock Origi’s fortuitous stoppage-time winner earned Liverpool a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture at Anfield in December, sparking wild celebrations from manager Jurgen Klopp, and Silva insists his rival’s exuberant celebrations were befitting of football’s greatest showpiece.

“It’s a special game for both teams and for our fans. We have special fans and their fans also,” Silva told his pre-match press conference.

“I didn’t see a big difference when I managed my first Liverpool derby. What I felt was a special match for both teams and they celebrated that lucky goal, that lucky moment they had in the last seconds of the match.

“It was a World Cup final for us and for them because the way they celebrated was the same. I didn’t see a big difference really.”

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