Moyes: Felli Can Influence Derby
Derby could be made for the big-game Belgian, says Blues boss.
David Moyes believes the stage could be set for Marouane Fellaini to ignite this weekend’s Merseyside derby.
Moyes is optimistic that the Belgian can produce another influential performance, just as he has against a number of the Premier League’s leading lights this season.
Fellaini almost single-handedly helped Everton overcome Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign and has contributed with crucial goals in the draws at home to Arsenal and away at Manchester City.
“He’s been better in all the big games,” Moyes said at his pre-match press conference. “Let’s hope he does it again.
“He has been playing well at this moment in time and more of the same would go down nicely.”
High-octane, action-packed entertainment has come to be expected from recent Merseyside derbies, typified by the 2-2 draw at Goodison last October.
The last goalless stalemate was in February 2007 – 15 meetings ago – and Moyes does not envisage that run ending on Sunday afternoon.
“We are going along nicely, as are Liverpool,” he continued. “We are all in good form and we are obviously trying to chase a European spot.
“We know that if we are going to do that we are going to have to win some games. The next game is Liverpool and we will try and win it.
“The games [between the clubs] have got a bit more open. You don’t get allowed to tackle as much as you used to in the past but I can still see it being competitive. You would expect that from this sort of game.
“I hope we get a good game and I think both teams are in decent form.”
Moyes also acknowledged the work Brendan Rodgers has done in his first season in charge at Anfield.
“Brendan is a young manager who has come to a very big club,” continued Moyes. “It’s going to take him time to settle and I’m sure he’ll realise the magnitude of Liverpool Football Club and what is required.
“I think they have bought well. They have brought in some young players and they are trying to build for the long-term and a young team in the future. I think Brendan has done a good job.”