Ronald Koeman has asked for more of the attitude that his players showed for 70 minutes of last Tuesday's win over Arsenal as he prepares for his first Merseyside derby.
The Everton boss was highly critical of his side's slow start against the Gunners but was effusive in his praise for the way the Blues reacted to going a goal down, eventually turning the match on its head an earning a much-needed victory.
Koeman wants the mentality of his players to change in terms of how they begin matches and is expecting a faster, more aggressive start this evening against a dangerous Liverpool side than was the case against Arsenal.
“We know Liverpool is different to Arsenal, they are more physical and play aggressive football. To get a good result we need to show the same as last Tuesday,” the Dutchman explained.
“If you act too nice, like we have in the past this season, you need a reaction. Sometimes it is a referee's decision and the fans are not happy, but you need that reaction from the start.
“It's difficult and you have to create it for yourself. Some players always have it and some need something else to get that reaction, but we need to change that as a team.
“We need to not start sloppy and show the spirit from the start — not because the fans are unhappy, because we are behind, or there is a decision from the referee. We can't worry about that.
“We did it wrong in the first 20 minutes [against Arsenal] but we had a good reaction and that's how you need to play.
“We need to be more aggressive because it is not all about technical qualities of a player, but also the belief and commitment and aggression on the pitch to make it difficult.”
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1 Posted 19/12/2016 at 07:44:43
The fans will play their part so let's hope we get a good win and send those fantastic supporters home happy for Christmas
2 Posted 19/12/2016 at 08:13:05
14 Red Cards to Liverpool's 7 since the start of the Premier League. I suppose we can claim to have beaten them at something, but it won't be professionalism. I reckon Liverpool would have subbed Phil Neville immediately if he would have been wearing red the day he got up an shook Kuyt's hand!
3 Posted 19/12/2016 at 08:27:22
It's time we made the referee's job difficult.
4 Posted 19/12/2016 at 08:30:11
5 Posted 19/12/2016 at 09:10:45
Toughness has definitely been missing in these derby games for years. McCarthy was showing the way last week, getting his tackles in also urging the players on along with Coleman. Lennon and Valencia working up and down the line, Gana perpetual motion, Baines working away, even Barkley working much harder than he has been.
If Lukaku awakens from his slumber from the first minute and uses his body strength we can beat these; however, there cannot be anything stupid or reckless, just controlled aggression for 90 minutes.
6 Posted 19/12/2016 at 09:42:45
Great shout, Dave, I think you have hit on something with regards to "Fishcake Henderson!"
7 Posted 19/12/2016 at 10:09:59
They have really useful attacking options, they will almost certainly score, but they're soft-centred so we have to press high and get in their faces.
I hope someone puts that prick Henderson on his arse too, btw.
8 Posted 19/12/2016 at 10:26:38
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17 Posted 19/12/2016 at 17:15:02
Poor old Besic, he must be chomping at the bit for these kinds of games.
18 Posted 19/12/2016 at 17:42:00
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