Arouna Kone admits to Merseyside derby dreams

Arouna Kone

The Everton forward is dreaming of a goal against rivals Liverpool.

Everton striker Arouna Kone has admitted to the club’s official website that he can’t wait to finally be involved in a Merseyside derby.

The forward has spent the vast majority of his Everton career on the treatment table following his long injury lay off, meaning this is the first time he has been fit to face Liverpool since joining two summers ago.

That injury has seen him sit out the last three derbies, and he is now desperate to feature in the game at Goodison Park this Saturday, having had a taste of matches between rivals in both Holland and Spain.

However, he admits that nothing compares to the atmosphere he is expecting when Liverpool arrive on the weekend.

“I’ve played for PSV against Ajax in my time in Holland, I’ve played in the Sevilla-Betis and Valencia-Levante derbies in Spain. They are all big games but this one is so different,” Kone told evertontv.

“The fans here just live for the game so much – they don’t sit down and relax for one second. Both sets of supporters are right behind their sides. Now, having seen it from the stands, it is going to be great to experience it on the field.”

Derby dreams

The forward came off the bench during the win against Crystal Palace last weekend to make his sixth first-team appearance of the season, having spent over a year out with a knee ligament injury.

Now that he is finally over his injury problems, he is dreaming of adding to his goal tally in front of a packed out Gwladys Street on Saturday.

“It would be the dream to score in a derby game, especially in this particular derby which I considered to be one of the best in this country,” he added.

“If I was to score, it would provide a great memory and something I would never forget for my entire career. If it turned out to be the winner, it would be fantastic because you would almost go down in history. It would be a top, top moment."

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