Toffees striker desperate for derby goals

Everton striker Victor Anichebe

Everton striker Victor Anichebe is desperate to break his derby duck against Liverpool on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Nigerian striker has yet to score against Liverpool and insists that derby day goals are the benchmark of any good Goodison forward.

Despite suffering a head injury last time out against QPR, Anichebe is expected to start against Liverpool as Steven Pienaar’s dismissal means that David Moyes will have to re-shuffle his side’s attacking options.

Despite high hopes of breaking his personal hoodoo against Liverpool in the 219th Merseyside derby, Anichebe has less selfish hopes of seeing the Blues pick up three points as Everton look to remain in the top four.

“I was thinking about the fact that I haven’t scored against Liverpool recently,” the Everton striker told the Liverpool Echo.

“I really want to change that – it would mean a lot to me.

“Scoring is always nice no matter who it’s against but against Liverpool would be extra special.

“It’d be nice for me and the fans. Jela has done it and many of Everton’s best centre forwards over the years can say they’ve done it.

“More important though is that we win.

“That’d be perfect for us,” he added.

Anichebe has netted on four occasions this season, two coming in the Premier League and is hoping goals in the derby will help  his claims for more first team action.

Everton fans are still waiting to hear whether influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini is going to be fit for the clash on Sunday.

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