Derby debutant Gylfi Sigurdsson insists he knows full well just what Sunday's fixture means to Evertonians.
The Blues' record signing, who joined from Swansea in the summer, is set for his first taste of the Merseyside derby when the Toffees go to Anfield this weekend for the 229th clash between the city rivals.
And the 28-year-old says he already understands what the clash means to those of a Blue persuasion.
“It’s the first game you look at as an Everton player, so me and all the players are looking forward to it,” said the Iceland international.
“All the lads know that. Myself, being from Iceland, we know how much it means to the Club and to the fans, so I think everyone is aware of the importance of this game.
“If we can build on what we have been doing over the past couple of weeks then it would be great to continue that run with another positive result on Sunday.”
The Blues have won their past three matches in all competitions without conceding a goal, moving into the top half of the Premier League table after victories over West Ham and Huddersfield.
Those triumphs were built on the Toffees being solid at one end and clinical at the other. And Sigurdsson, who has been in impressive form in the past two league outings - scoring the opener against Huddersfield and setting up two goals against the Hammers - knows more of the same will be required to get a positive result at Anfield.
“I think we need to do what we have done in the last couple of games and keep a clean sheet,” added the playmaker. “Their strength lies in their attack.
"I think we have to take our chances when we get them and carry on creating chances and scoring goals like we have done in the last couple of games.
"But it doesn’t matter how, as long as we get a good result I’ll be happy.
“The wins (against West Ham United and Huddersfield Town) have certainly brightened up the mood around the training ground.
“We are still in a position that the Club doesn’t want to be in but we are moving in the right direction.”