Having sampled the atmosphere of a Merseyside derby as a fan, Marthe Munsterman can’t wait to play in one on Friday night.
Everton Ladies kick off their campaign against Liverpool at the Select Security Stadium, live on BT Sport kick at 7.45pm.
Dutch international Munstermann says her teammates have told her what to expect for the game and as such, can’t think of a better fixture in which to make her Toffees debut.
“I can’t wait for the Liverpool match,” she said. “It’s the first one of the season and it is a beautiful game. All the girls and the staff are talking about it and how special it is to play against Liverpool. I went to a men’s derby and loved it, so it is very special to start the season with a game like this.
“I’m very happy to now be able to begin my Everton career. My first few weeks have been very good and I am already settling in really well.
“Both Siri [Worm] and I have received a warm welcome from the girls from the beginning. They are all really nice and have taken the time to get to know us.”
The midfielder was a summer arrival from FC Twente in her homeland but had to wait before linking up with her new teammates after spending time with the national team in the run-up to the European Championships, having been named on the standby list.
The Dutch, hosting the tournament back in July, went on to lift the trophy after seeing off Denmark 4-2 in the final, knocking out England on route.
Munstermann enjoyed watching her international colleagues enjoy their success but, having narrowly missed out on the final 23-player squad, is eager to force her way into the group and has one eye on the 2019 World Cup in France.
“I am so proud of the girls,” she said. “I know them all really well and they are friends of mine so I am really happy for them. They deserved to win the tournament. I don’t think anyone expected us to win the competition but when you score four goals in the final after winning every game then you deserve to win it. It was special.
“Of course we knocked out England and there were a few jokes with the Everton girls here. But they agreed that it was well deserved.
“Unfortunately I didn’t make it into the final squad but of course I am looking to push my way into the group. It is my goal to be in the squad for the World Cup in two years’ time.”