McCarthy: This is what we must do to avoid another 'horrible' derby

James McCarthy

The Everton midfielder wants revenge for a 'bad, bad night.'

James McCarthy's recollections of the last Merseyside derby are pretty clear.

“A bad, bad night. Horrible. It was horrible," he told the Daily Telegraph.

But, despite the Everton midfielder admitting that was the lowest point of his career, this season's poor start to the Premier League campaign won't have made McCarthy feel any better.

Still, the 23-year-old insists there is only one way to get the Toffees out of their current plight - and that's by not changing a thing.

Indeed, the Irishman says Everton must attack Liverpool at Anfield and play their usual offensive game.

"When you go to Anfield you want to play. You want to go there and play football the way it should be played. There is no way we would go there, sit in and play for a draw. We’ll do the same again at the weekend. We will be trying to beat them.

“It’s a big game for them as well, but we want to get back to winning and there is no better way of doing that or game to do it.

"I’m sure the manager will have his plan but it is not his way to go there and defend. We will always set up to win.”

They are brave words indeed from McCarthy, especially when you consider the fact that Everton have conceded 13 goals in their first five league games this term, by far the worst record in the division.

Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United are the only other sides to have seen their 'goals conceded' column go into double figures.

But the Merseyside derby is no ordinary match. And you can't blame McCarthy for wanting to go all out attack against Liverpool, of all teams.

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