Jurgen Klopp makes a promise for Everton clash

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The Reds host the Toffees at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Speaking to the club's official website, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has promised that his lack of Merseyside derby experience will not influence his side's fortunes in the visit of neighbours Everton tonight.

The German manager, who replaced Brendan Rodgers back in October, is set for his first taste of the rivalry between the Reds and their fellow Merseysiders as both sides collide at Anfield this evening.

Of course, the former Borussia Dortmund coach knows a thing or two about local rivalries, having had to deal with Schalke at least twice a season throughout his seven-year spell at Signal Iduna Park with the Bundesliga giants.

Consequently, the 48-year-old claims believes that the absence of experience with this particular derby does not favour the Toffees - who may have one eye on an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United this weekend - whom he claims to know all about.

"I know about derbies. It’s my first derby against a team in the same city, so of course that’s different. Dortmund-Schalke is only 25km, it’s pretty close and the fans live in both cities," he told the club's official site.

“That’s a real derby how I know it and there was always pressure. So I am prepared for a derby. A lot of people around me – a lot of players and a lot of fans – know much more about this special derby. But at the end, I promise my not 100 per cent Merseyside derby experience will not be the reason for winning or losing. My job is to prepare the team. I know about the pressure in derbies.

“It will be intensive. I know nearly everything about Everton. I have lived in the city for half a year and met a lot of people and it’s a big club, a very successful club in the past."

 

The Reds should most definitely snatch the bragging rights on Klopp's derby debut, with Roberto Martinez's side winning just one of their last eight Premier League games - a 3-1 win at Aston Villa, who have since been relegated.

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