Roar Us To Derby Success
Moyes says Goodison faithful have vital role to play on Sunday.
The Goodison Park faithful can help roar Everton to success on Sunday, according to Blues boss David Moyes.
Moyes was also able to reflect on the unique atmosphere fostered by the Meresyside derby.
And, following recent revelations about the Hillsborough tragedy, he believes the relationship between the two sets of fans has changed again.
Moyes said at his Friday press conference: "This is a city where an awful lot has come together, especially in the last two or three months with the news of the Hillsborough disaster.
"The city, in its own way, pulled together, but I think the fans still want the competitive spirit amongst them. People want to have a go at their pals if they are Liverpool supporters and we win - and vice-versa.
"I think that hasn't changed. It's a great rivalry. Probably over the years Everton haven't done enough to compete against Liverpool. Because of that, maybe Liverpool haven't considered Everton as that big a threat. Now, we're getting closer."
Goodison sold out weeks ago and much will be expected of the Everton players once they take to the field on Sunday lunchtime.
Moyes insists that the excitement and encouragement from the stands will boost his side.
"They can play a big part, they always have done," he declared. "We'll need them to play a big part at Goodison. The derbies are good. We've not had enough success in them but we enjoy being in them. We go into it in a good frame of mind, nice and positive with a lot of self-belief at this present time, so we'll see how we do.
"I think there is an extra buzz about the place leading up to this game. I've never known it any different. It's always anticipated greatly by the supporters and I'm sure this one will be as well."