The theme of Liverpool’s dour draw with FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday was one of missed chances with both sides spurning fantastic opportunities to claim all three points and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers continued to spout those same talking points during his pre-Everton press call.
“This is my fourth season of going to Goodison Park and we’ve played well there and been unfortunate not to come away with victories. We’ve never lost there in my time,” said the Northern Irishman. “Hopefully that continues. I’m looking forward to seeing the continuation of the team developing. When we first started [the season] we had a couple of wins but we weren’t creating so many chances. Now it’s starting to evolve where we’re starting to create opportunities and clear-cut chances,” explained Rodgers. “So we know whether we’re playing home or away, we’re back into the flow of creating chances. Now what we have to do is take those chances.”
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While a loss in the derby could very well be catastrophic for the Liverpool manager, he will have a vastly changed line-up at his disposal with a number of key faces — including the likes of Daniel Sturridge — given a break on Thursday night. The pressure that comes along with these matches is always intense and for a manager under the microscope, they’re of vast importance. One doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of the result when your job potentially lies in the balance.
“It’s a big game because it’s a derby and of course for us as Liverpool every game is a huge game. We go there with confidence, knowing that we’re starting to create chances and score goals in our last games,” enthused the Reds boss, hinting back to the win over Aston Villa last weekend. “Every win gives you confidence but of course in this type of game it can be an extra bonus, especially away from home,” he continued. “It’s another opportunity to get a victory and we know we’ve got the game to get goals and win the game. We respect that it’ll be a tough game but it’s a game we really want to win for us as a team and obviously for our supporters.”