Everton midfielder Barkley speaks on Liverpool clash

Ross Barkley

The Everton midfielder is hoping for victory over rivals Liverpool, simply to get one over on his Red supporting friends.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has told the club’s official website he is desperate for his first derby success.

Everton take on Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday in the second Merseysid derby of the season, after Phil Jagielka earned the Blues a draw with his stunning strike at Anfield earlier in the season.

Now, Barkley has said he was to win his first derby as an Everton player and gain the upper hand of his Liverpool supporting friends in the process.

“I can’t wait for the game,” Barkley told evertontv.

“It’s going to be a massive game and its a big three points that we need. Derbies mean everything. When the Blues get three points against the Reds obviously it’s great for all the fans, getting to put one over on them.”

Saturday’s game will be the 21-year-old’s third taste of a Merseyside derby after he made his first appearance in the fixture in the scintillating 3-3 draw last season.

Both sides have failed to recreate last years success this season though, although Brendan Rodgers’ side have fared better than their city rivals. The Blus currently sit 12th in the table, 12 points behind Liverpool and out of the FA Cup following a defeat by West Ham.

However, a win against Crystal Palace last time around has put and end to their poor run of form over the Christmas period, and now Barkley is hoping that he and his teammates can carry on their momentum with a win over Liverpool.

“It’s going to be really important that we carry on our momentum,” added Barkley.

“We need to push on and get more points and keep the ball rolling. It would mean everything to win. I haven’t been on the winning side in a derby yet so I am really hoping I am on Saturday.”

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