Ben Phillips reports on Everton boss Brian Sørensen‘s media conference ahead of tomorrow’s Merseyside derby with Liverpool at Goodison Park (23/3/23).
Above: Brian Sørensen, who reflected his excitement to the media today ahead of Goodison Park’s WSL Merseyside derby tomorrow night. Photo: Lars Ronbog.
The Blues host neighbours Liverpool at Goodison Park on Friday evening with over 20,000 tickets already sold.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash, head coach Sørensen was asked if he had felt the pressure and hype from fans ahead of the Merseyside derby. “Yes there has been a lot of hype about it, Last night I could see they were putting pictures up in one of the buildings in the dock here, that was really nice.”
The Toffies’ head coach is excited by the prospect of tomorrow’s match. “We know Liverpool will be up for the fight and they will try and (will want) revenge (for) what happened at Anfield. It’s going to be a big game with a big crowd, under the lights and I don’t think it gets much better.”
The game promises to be another entertaining encounter between the two sides and Everton will be hoping for another three points after beating Liverpool in the last fixture between the sides back in September at Anfield 3-0.
In terms of what he expects from his players tomorrow night, Sørensen said: “We hope we can show our football and impose our style against them and get the win. The(y) (players) must be wary of Liverpool’s thirst for revenge having been defeated on their own turf. That was a special night.
“Going there and winning and winning the way we did of course. I am not saying it was easy, but it was probably a bit easier than we expected, but tomorrow I think we will see a different Liverpool and they will be up for it.”
Everton are without a win in the league since their 3-0 win at West Ham United in January, but the results haven’t reflected how the team has been performing according to the head coach.
“Our performances must start translating to winning results. The style of play we have is to try and control and dominate games, we want to be in control of the game and that is hard to do in football. We have a young team, but we believe we are on the right path to building something consistent.
“The whole time we have been looking at our team performances and been happy with them, we now need to take the three points and start winning when dominating games so much. Hopefully, we will see that Friday night against a good Liverpool team.”
Ahead of the game, the only injury concerns for Everton are Karen Holmgaard who will be monitored in line with concussion protocols. Her twin sister Sara is fit and available again, but goalkeeper Emily Ramsey has been ruled out of the clash with an ankle injury received on international duty with England.