Seamus Coleman says Everton's perfect start to the season means they are heading into Saturday's 237th Merseyside derby against Liverpool with the required confidence to overcome the reigning Premier League champions.
Coleman was talking to Evertonians Roslyn Barrie and Chris Fitton in the build-up to the Goodison clash after the pair won the chance to take part in a web chat with the Blues skipper by entering an exclusive Members only competition.
During the call, Roslyn and Chris spoke to Coleman about the mood in the camp ahead of Saturday's game (12.30pm BST), the impact Carlo Ancelotti has had behind-the-scenes at USM Finch Farm since being appointed manager, and how Coleman embraces the role of ensuring the entire squad understands what it means to represent a club like Everton.
The Blues will welcome Liverpool across Stanley Park having recorded seven straight wins in all competitions - the Club's best start to a campaign since 1894.
"It's a great chance for us," said Coleman. "We know they're a top team, as everyone knows. But the XI we've been putting out so far in all competitions has been strong and, for me, with football [there's something], you can't buy it, results bring it, and it's confidence. And we have that now because we're playing well."
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Everton summer arrivals including James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan will be hoping to get their first taste of a Merseyside derby, while defender Ben Godfrey could be handed a Blues debut in the fixture having joined from Norwich City on transfer deadline day last week.
And Coleman knows it is his task to ensure every member of the playing staff is reminded of the magnitude and importance of the occasion, however long they have been at the Club.
"I think everyone understands, I've been here 12 years now and this club means everything to me," he said. "We've had some good times, we've had some bad times but I think, for me, it's just important that the people who are working here realise what it means to be an Everton player, what supporters expect from Everton players and it's my job to get that across to the new group of players, and old players as well."
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