Everton boss Marco Silva says his players will not “fear” trip to face Liverpool.
The Portuguese coach will bring his side across Stanley Park for his first taste of the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon at Anfield – a venue Everton have not won at since 1999.
And he says they are in confident mood ahead of the clash.
“My players know I don’t want the word ‘fear’ in our dressing room.” he said.
“We will respect all our opponents like we did against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. It will be the same on Sunday but we don’t change anything in our ambition or style of play.
“It is important to enjoy the moment and we have to be strong. We want to win the match and nothing more. It is an important match, it’s a special match for everyone in the city.
“We did everything in the same way to prepare well our players but of course it’s a special match.
“What I want to see in our team is for us to be ourselves, nothing different to what we did in the big games we already played until now.
“I’m sure this is what our fans want to see, for us to be ourselves, to fight to achieve a result.
“I feel it’s a special game for them as well but our fans want us to be the same team, playing to win the match, to be strong, to enjoy the moment and have the ambition to win.
“Nothing changes because in the last match we achieved sixth position in the table.” he finished.