Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold admits it is a dream to play in a Merseyside derby ahead of this weekend’s clash with neighbours Everton.
The Toffees travel the short distance across Stanley Park on Sunday looking for their first win at Anfield since 1999 and for local Liverpool youngster Alexander-Arnold, this is the fixture he relishes the most.
“Every Liverpool lad grows up dreaming of playing in a Merseyside derby. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Alexander-Arnold told the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ve come off the bench in a few of them but never started. Hopefully I get that opportunity and we can get the win.
“This fixture always feel different to the rest. You can just feel it around the city. There’s a bit more tension and more excitement as you build towards the weekend.
“Everyone wants to do well. You know what it means to the supporters. It’s important for us to execute the game plan.”
“For me, it’s definitely still as important as it’s ever been. When the fixtures are released the two games I look for straight away are Everton home and away.
“Just because they are the best fixtures for us. They mean so much to the fans. It’s so close to home. They’re special and I look forward to them the most. Growing up as a kid, I just remember us being successful in derbies – winning a lot of them and very rarely losing any.”
Unbeaten Liverpool will be looking for a win as they attempt to keep the pressure on leaders Manchester City, whilst Everton arrive in good form, last weekend’s win over Cardiff lifting Marco Silva’s side to sixth in the Premier League.