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Moyes Welcomes Friendly Rivalry

by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

David Moyes has welcomed the opportunity to use the friendly-rivalry with local neighbours Liverpool to benefit charities in the city.

An Everton XI travel to Anfield on Saturday to face Liverpool in Jamie Carragher's testimonial.

Familiar faces of the present and the past will be in action for both sides - with proceeds from the match going to Carragher's charity, the 23 Foundation, as well as a special donation of £25,000 being made to The Everton Foundation.

Moyes relishes the local rivalry but also believes it is important to channel that rivalry in the right way.

He told evertontv: "I think their rivalry doesn't change so lets not see it in any other way, but I also think everybody in Liverpool will work together and help each other to help the charities. There are a lot of families touched by it, whether you be an Everton supporter or a Liverpool supporter.

"So it's credit to Jamie that he's given up the proceeds to that. I think he recognizes that he's had a really good career, he's got the supporters to thank for coming and watching him over a period of time. And giving the money back, it hopefully goes back to the people in Liverpool who will benefit from it."

Moyes has agreed with Carragher that only players still playing professionally will be selected. Liverpool will include the likes of Michael Owen and Emile Heskey, whilst Franny Jeffers and Lee Carlsey are amongst the names scheduled to be lining up for the Blues alongside several members of current senior squad not on international duty.

Moyes explained: "Jamie said he wanted supporters to come and see a game, so I think both of us have agreed that basically that we'll only try and pick players who still play, who the supporters can come and see.

"There's more ex-Liverpool players than there is Everton players - we've found it a real struggle to get many ex-Everton players to come who are still playing. And the ones who would have done it - the likes of David Weir have been recalled for Scotland again and Kevin Kilbane and one or two like that - we've found that they've all been back on international duty so we've found it a bit difficult to get them.

"With it being international week it obviously limits your numbers, but I think we've agreed we'll mainly play a lot of the younger players as well. Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman and Leighton Baines, they're keen to show willing in some part of the game to support it because their families are from the surrounding areas."

Supporters can pay cash at the Turnstile on the day of the game at Anfield Road. Tickets are priced £20 with no concessions.

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