Liverpool suffered a thumping defeat before the international break, a thumping defeat the club will be determined to forget about with a win. The Reds next opponents could provide the perfect remedy. Ahead of the titanic clash, Carlo Ancelotti has said that he is ‘confident’ heading into the Merseyside Derby.

Carlo Ancelotti has said that he is 'confident' heading into the Merseyside Derby.

Carlo Ancelotti has said that he is ‘confident’ heading into the Merseyside Derby. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)

High stakes Derby

Kopites will be trying to forget the events that took place just before the international break.

The Reds were thoroughly beaten at Villa Park, the result can be chalked up to an excellent home side and an incredibly sloppy away side.

Adrian set the tone early on by gifting Villa the lead just minutes into the game, the defence seemed shaky from that moment onwards.

Jürgen Klopp’s side will be hoping to set the record straight with a win. Next opponents Everton are top of the table and boast a 100% record, making this one of the highest stakes Merseyside Derbies of recent times.

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A loss is calamitous, a win puts us back at the top – level on points at least.

Carlo Ancelotti ‘confident’

Speaking to Everton’s official club site, Carlo Ancelotti revealed he is confident heading into the Merseyside Derby but he did heap praise on the Reds and their coach:

“We are confident. It doesn’t matter what happened last week [Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa], they are still a fantastic team with a fantastic manager.

“It will be a difficult game but we have confidence.”

What RTK has to say

Everton going into this game with confidence actually bodes well for Liverpool.

If the Ev come out and play, if they try and attack, then we can tear them to shreds on the counter.

One of the problems we’ve had with Everton in recent Derbies has been their insistence on parking the bus against us.

Fingers crossed their strong start to the season could lull them into a false sense of security.

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