Everton star confident of Liverpool win

Everton midfielder James McCarthy insists that his side are ready for Saturday lunchtime’s derby showdown against cross-city rivals Liverpool, and that last season’s 4-0 defeat will not be repeated.

“They are our arch rivals so to go down 4-0 to them sticks with you and makes you determined to make amends. That’s what we want to happen this weekend.” he’s quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

“We were up there fighting at the time we played them and it was frustrating what happened. We know it was not acceptable and not good enough.

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“Not to make excuses, but we did have a couple of injuries, and players like Ross [Barkley] coming back from injury, but it was a bad, bad night all round, for the players and the fans. It was horrible.

“We felt we let the club and each and every one of the fans down and we want to put that right.”

The Toffees have failed to win at Anfield for 15 years – a run stretching back to 1999 when a solitary Kevin Campbell goal was enough to secure a famous victory for Walter Smith’s side – yet McCarthy is confident that the current Everton squad possesses enough quality to break the duck tomorrow afternoon and get back to winning ways after a disappointing start to the new season.

“It was a massive shock to me to hear it was 15 years since the last Anfield win, especially with the tradition of this club and history of the fixture,” McCarthy said.

“I was surprised when I saw it was so long, but at the same time it means there is no better time to win there.

We have the squad to do it. I remember last season people were saying how long it was since we had won at Old Trafford, and there was another record people were mentioning about how long it was since we’d won away at one of the top four teams.

“Many of us were just new to the club so we just looked at it and thought we’d end those kind of records. That’s still how we look at it whether it’s in the Premier League or Europe.

“The players we’ve brought in here are top quality and there is a good vibe around the place, despite some of the results we’ve had.”

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