Lampard: Everton must use facing ‘strongest team’ Liverpool as ‘positive’

Dan Butterfield
Everton boss Frank Lampard

Everton boss Frank Lampard has insisted his side must use the fact they are facing one of the best teams as a positive when they face Liverpool.

The 240th Merseyside derby will take place on Sunday and sees two teams at different ends of the table face off.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 11 out of their last 12 in the Premier league and are just a point behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Everton, on the other hand, are just a point above Burnley in the relegation fight, and could be in the bottom three by the time Sunday’s game kicks off.

The game will be Lampard’s first Merseyside derby in charge of the Toffees and the ex-Chelsea boss has urged his side to use the fact that they are playing one of the most in-form teams as a positive.

“It’s a huge fixture. I have watched it from afar many times. I am very happy to be involved.

“We’re playing the strongest team, on form teams, in the league. You have to use that as a positive. We have to fight until the last minute, no matter what happens. We are the underdogs, that’s clear. But we have to fight!

“You can’t always control the result. This game brings a different energy to it. I expect passion, fight and desire. There’s not a game plan in the world that will work without that.”

Everton have seen a number of red cards since Lampard took charge, and his has urged his players to remain on the right side of the law at Anfield.

“We expect players to be physical, but on the right side of the law. I hope the referee sees that. At Goodison, we have had yellow cards become red cards. Maybe at Anfield it doesn’t go that way.”

Lampard also offered his sympathy for striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has suffered yet another injury.

“No one is a machine, this is a tough industry. There is an element of bad luck. Dominic has had a bad run.”