Everton manager Marco Silva says that his side will not be intimidated by the atmosphere at Anfield during Sunday’s Merseyside derby, which will be his first Merseyside derby as Everton manager.
Asked by reporters how he felt about the atmosphere, Silva was quick to highlight that Everton fans will also be at Anfield, albeit in smaller numbers than requested, and will be able to contribute to the atmosphere themselves.
He added that his side do not allow words like “fear” or “intimidation” into the dressing room, but instead use words like “respect” and “ambition.”
It is refreshing to hear a manager speak so openly and optimistically about the Merseyside derby after a couple of years of seemingly only being interested in the old David Moyes mantra of “getting out alive.”
Silva has no fresh injury worries ahead of the derby, and pointed out that although his new signings may have not played in Merseyside derbies before, they have all played in big games and in derbies around the world.
He said, “The players that were here the last couple of years know about this derby.
“But most of the players we sign know about derbies, it’s not just in this city they have a derby match. All of them have played in big games as well.
“It will be a tough match, Klopp has done a very good job but this is just one more match.
“We go there with big motivation but nothing will change in our way, we are here to build something, to prepare our club to compete every time against this type of side. Not just one time, not just because we have a good day, but every time we play against them.
“Our fans will be there and we have to play and enjoy the moment.
“In our dressing room, the fear word stays outside.
“You don’t change that. This type of word doesn’t go into our dressing room, but ambition is always there.”