Marco Silva SLAMS Jurgen Klopp ahead of Merseyside derby for saying this

Lennon during his spell in charge of Hibs

Lennon during his spell in charge of Hibs

Since Divock Origi's freaky 96th-minute victor at the start of December, Marco Silva's side have won just three times in the league, but the 3-0 victory over Cardiff in midweek has injected confidence into the squad ahead of the 200th league meeting between these cross-city rivals at Goodison Park.

Lennon says Steven Gerrard's Rangers are going well and believes in Morelos they have a quality striker in their ranks.

Chelsea responded well to the turbulent few days as they produced one of their best performances of the season to give Sarri some breathing space.

Liverpool won the reverse fixture in dramatic fashion - Divock Origi's last-gasp victor giving the Reds a 1-0 win over Everton at Anfield in December.

Everton's winless run bears similarities to Manchester City's lengthy wait for a victory against Manchester United, with the blue half of Manchester enduring a 13-year barren spell from September 1989 to November 2002. We need to have the belief that we can and that we will beat them. I've gone to Celtic to win, and when you win, you want to win more. City deserved the points and had the margin of victory been doubled or even trebled, the Hammers could have had no complaints.

As the Premier League title race gathers pace and the fight for top-four places heats up, two of English football's biggest derbies will play a key role in the mounting drama.

For so long, an unheralded hero among Liverpool's galaxy of big-name stars, the unassuming defender is finally receiving the plaudits his play and attitude deserve.

Silva was asked on Friday what he made of Klopp's comments, and the Everton manager laughed and said: "It is a special game for both, for the city also, for our fans a special match, for their fans also a special match".

"In a new position, how he played is just exceptional". Sadio (Mane) scored a brilliant goal. "It [Origi's winner] changed the mood, of course, the confidence, of course".

"The boys showed how much they enjoy the game and the situation", a delighted Klopp told the BBC. Predicting a Pep Guardiola line-up is notoriously tricky but I suspect Sterling will play and he'll probably score.

Van Dijk also claimed to appreciate the passion of the Merseyside Derby, knowing that Everton will be desperate to dent Liverpool's title hopes and damage their reputation.

"I spent nine seasons at the club, so it was a really nice moment and it's always special to come back to the Etihad". Both teams have over-performed those expectations, with City averaging 2.68 goals per game and Liverpool 2.29.

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