Geri Determined To Be Derby Hero

by Adam Clark
@Everton

Gerard Deulofeu understands exactly what the Merseyside derby means to Evertonians - and says he hopes to reward their support by being the hero at Anfield on Wednesday night. 

The Blues haven't sampled victory across Stanley Park since Kevin Campbell grabbed the only goal 17 years ago - a run the Spaniard is determined to put to an end on his first ever trip to the stadium.

After producing a starring cameo in a 3-3 draw with the Reds at Goodison Park in November 2013, the then-loanee picked up an injury that ruled him out of the return game, meaning a long wait to test himself at our rivals' home is seemingly about to be halted. 

"The derby is an amazing day," the 22-year-old told evertontv. "For me, it's the most important game, because we're in the same city and Everton want to win at Anfield because it has been a lot of years with no win there. 

"But if we're calm and relaxed we can win there because we have a lot of good players. Playing at Anfield is difficult because Liverpool have a good team, but we go there with good confidence because Everton are Everton. 

"My first derby was amazing, the 3-3. I came on in the second half and the game was incredible. I think for Evertonians, if we win at Anfield they will be so happy. It's so important for Evertonians and for the players. I hope that on Wednesday that I play, score and help the team to win."


Deulofeu knows all about great footballing rivalry having tapped into the passion inspired by battles between Barcelona and Real Madrid - the so-called El Clasico – during his time at the Nou Camp. 

"It's different because England and Spain have different cultures, but it's also similar," he said. "The derby for the players and the fans of both those clubs in both those games is all about adrenaline. The word is derby and that tells you everything you need to know.  We are excited about this game." 

Following the fixture at Anfield, a huge week for Everton continues on Saturday with an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley. 

Having lost his starting place to Aaron Lennon earlier in 2016, Deulofeu has been pushing for more regular involvement in recent weeks and realises two games of such significance present a golden chance for him to stake his claim for the remainder of the campaign. 

He added: "For me, it's a good opportunity. My confidence now is less than two or three months ago because I think my season up to then was really good and I played well. But I'm ready to help the team and if the gaffer's decision is to put me in the starting XI, I will go into both games with maximum energy.

"Three draws last week was difficult for us because we wanted to take the three points. But now we will leave the past to one side and focus on the future, on now - on Wednesday and on Saturday. We have two amazing games and if you don't go into these games with all your energy, you are not feeling like a player. We need to give our everything in both games."

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