Liverpool FC manager confident ahead of Merseyside derby
Brendan Rodgers yet to lose against Everton since taking charge at Liverpool
October 2nd, 2015
Liverpool’s season has been fairly mediocre to date, although a Merseyside derby victory could be the catalyst for a successful campaign, with Daniel Sturridge having returned to action recently.
A 1-1 draw with FC Sion in the Europa League did little to suggest that Rodgers is living on borrowed time at Anfield, although the northern Irishman is looking forward to Sunday’s clash at Goodison Park and is remaining calm ahead of the derby.
“We go into the game against Everton and we will focus on our performance. The players will look forward to it,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t lost a derby yet (won one, drawn five) and they are always good games.
“We are point behind Everton – I know the media and written press will build the game up but we will stay calm. I am immensely enjoying the job, it is a great challenge and it is a rebuilding.
“For this game, there were a number of players we needed to be careful with like Daniel (Sturridge) that were coming back from injuries,” Rodgers added.
“There is no doubt we want to qualify and get through to the knockout stages but we are picking teams to get a result.
“Away in Bordeaux a lot of young players played but we are still going up in games.
“The story of the game was obvious; we started well, got in front, gave away a poor goal and then created chances and should have maybe won a lot more comfortable but unfortunately ended up drawing and a bit frustrated.”