Everton need £6m star to raise his game against Liverpool, here's the evidence

Kevin Mirallas Belgium

Everton's Kevin Mirallas has played well against Liverpool in the past, so will he do it again this weekend?

As Everton look to bounce back from two successive defeats, they should not be short on motivation when they face Liverpool this weekend.

The Merseyside Derby is always a hotly contested encounter, and it is not unusual to see players raise their game for the occasion.

One player who needs to is Kevin Mirallas, who in four Premier League games against Liverpool has been a constant threat.

  PositionTeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesDribblesCrossing AccuracyOn Target Shooting AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Kevin Mirallas MF Everton 1 1 9 12 30% 36% 4 298

By comparison his performances this season have underwhelmed, worse off in terms of assists, key passes, dribbling, crossing, and shot accuracy.

  PositionTeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesDribblesCrossing AccuracyOn Target Shooting AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Kevin Mirallas MF Everton 2 0 7 4 11% 31% 5 300

Mirallas' crossing and dribbling sees the biggest transformation when the two sets of figures are compared, and this will provide him with encouragement to attack Liverpool's full-backs at the weekend.

With Liverpool without the injured Jon Flanagan, the Belgian international will hope to sustain his track record of success, and help his side pull off a victory.

There's something which certainly inspires Mirallas to be a difference maker in the derby, of the teams who finished in the top seven last season, who he has faced on more than two occasions, he registers more scoring attempts against Liverpool than any other.

  TeamVsGoals AppearancesTotal scoring attempts per gameMins Played
Kevin Mirallas Everton Liverpool 0.25 4 2.75 298
Kevin Mirallas Everton Man Utd 0.33 3 2.33 248
Kevin Mirallas Everton Chelsea 0 3 2 254
Kevin Mirallas Everton Tottenham 0.25 4 1.75 284
Kevin Mirallas Everton Arsenal 0 3 1.67 258 

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