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HOWARD KENDALL: Everton FC have their best chance in years of beating Liverpool FC at Anfield
Published : 05 Feb 2010 03:10:00
EVERTON have got the best chance they've had in a long time of getting a result at Anfield tomorrow. Their form has been good but make no mistake they will have to reach the same levels as in the games against Arsenal and Manchester City if they want to end their poor record on the other side of Stanley Park. It's no use looking to Liverpool's poor form as an indicator of how the game will go. Saturday will be totally different. A lot will depend on how Everton's new boys react to the atmosphere and the challenge. At least Landon Donovan and Philippe Senderos have got good experience of playing in big games for the USA and Arsenal. That will be a big help in terms of adapting to the pace of the game on Saturday. It is not like they are a pair of youngsters coming into the fixture when it's possible to be overwhelmed by the occasion. But for the entire Everton squad, these are the games you really want to be involved in. What's more, the fear factor of going to Anfield has been eroded a bit for away teams over the last few seasons. Give them credit over the years, they have created a fortress, but that's not the same now. It's the same way that the unity of Merseyside derbies has changed. I think it's very important to get away from the nastiness when it comes to chanting between both sets of fans. The city's reputation was boosted by the notion of the friendly derby during the 80s - I recall red and blue scarves hanging from windows of vans and cars going to Wembley. I wonder if it will ever be the same?