Sunday’s visit is the first of two trips to Anfield over the festive period, with the Blues being drawn against Liverpool in the FA Cup Third Round, and despite having never been beaten at Anfield in the FA Cup, the odds with Betfair live betting are against the Blues.
However, Calvert-Lewin says Everton are more than ready to play under new boss Sam Allardyce, who was the last manager to win away at Anfield when he took Crystal Palace there in April.
“Scoring the goal – there’s no better feeling,” said the striker.
“I’m over the moon to score. I knew with the new manager coming in it’s a clean slate for everyone so I was perhaps auditioning myself and thankfully I’ve got the assist and scored the goal.
“I’ve got a [goals] target in my head that I’d like to keep to myself but I’m just happy to keep scoring the goals. I’m getting the chances and perhaps I could have had another one but I’m glad to get on the scoresheet and it’s one more towards my target.
“A week is a long time in football. We wanted to build on our win on Wednesday and, thankfully, we’ve done that.
“It’s only been a couple of days [since Allardyce arrived] but the first impressions have been good. All the lads were looking forward to the game and it’s a good time for him to come in off the back of the 4-0 win over West Ham. I think it showed that we were all looking forward to it.
“We were slightly frustrated at times in the first half but we knew we were very much in the game, especially being at home. Thankfully we got the early goal in the second half and we saw out the result.
“We’re very much looking forward to [the Merseyside derby] now. It’s a big game and we knew that the Huddersfield game was important for us to get the result to give us the best kind of momentum going into next week. We’re all ready for it.”
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