Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho is anticipating an intense clash when Liverpool meet Everton in the Merseyside derby this Saturday.
The high-profile fixture opens up the upcoming Premier League weekend, following a fortnight break due to international fixtures and although he’s been fully focused on helping the efforts of his native country, Coutinho has also managed to keep an eye on his club side’s upcoming match, one which he has given his perspective on to Premier League Productions, courtesy of Liverpool’s official website.
“They’re very good!” he replied when asked to describe what Merseyside derbies are like to play in.
“The rivalry is like any derby – it’s intense. I’ve experienced these games both home and away and the intensity is equal with the fans,” Coutinho said.
“You’re always on TV, it’s one of the most difficult games and I don’t think this one will be any different.”
Ever since the attacking midfielder joined Liverpool, he has experienced the derby on seven occasions, losing none and enjoying a goal each away at Goodison Park and Anfield. Coutinho also understands the level of joy victory gives to both sets of fans and will be keen to ensure that the points stay on the red side of Merseyside, where UEFA Champions League football is expected for next season.
“The week before the game, you can’t wait to play and if you win, the level of joy you give to the fans is amazing. They’re the victories you always enjoy,” he said.
“It’s very important, obviously it’s our aim [to finish in the top four],” the 24-year-old added.
“All the games are like finals and if we’re going to achieve our aim we need a lot of points.”
With his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons (at least for Reds fans) lately, Coutinho will again hope to experience a decent turn-around in individual form which could indeed mean that Liverpool’s collective form continues to grow for the better.