Sorensen's Derby Message To Players

Brian Sorensen says it "doesn't get much better" than the prospect of a Merseyside derby under the floodlights at Goodison Park and has called on his Everton side to impose their style from the outset in front of a bumper crowd.

The Blues host Liverpool on Friday evening (7.30pm GMT), with tickets still available having surpassed the 20,000 mark on Thursday morning.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash, manager Sorensen revealed how his side have prepared for the clash, as well as what his players must do to achieve more success over their local rivals, having recorded a 3-0 win at Anfield earlier this season.

“It would be massive,” said Sorensen, when asked about what a win would mean to the group. “We’re really looking forward to it. We know Liverpool will be up for the fight and they’ll try to revenge what happened at Anfield. It’s going to be a big game with a big crowd under the lights on Friday night. I don’t think it gets much better.

“Both teams will be giving everything they have and putting their bodies on the line to get the win. We hope we can show our football and impose our style against them and get the win.”

Sorensen also warned his players they must be wary of Liverpool's thirst for revenge having been defeated on their own turf the last time the two sides met.

“That was a special night,” he said about the Anfield clash. “Going there, and winning, and also winning in the way we did, of course. I’m not saying it was easy, but it was probably a bit easier than we expected, but I think tomorrow, they’ll really be up for it.

“I think the recruitment they did in the January transfer window has strengthened them, and they’re getting players back from injury now, so I think we’ll see a different Liverpool team.

“They’ll be more aggressive against us than they were at Anfield, so we’ve prepared for that. Can we win in the same style and have everything we did that night? Hopefully the fans’ smiles are as big again.”

For Everton to continue to improve, Sorensen admitted their impressive performances must start translating to winning results.

He said: “I think with the style of play that we have, we really try to control games, and to dominate. We don’t want a really open, transitional game. We want to be in control, and that’s probably the hardest thing to do in football.

“We have a young team, but I believe we’re on the right path to building something consistent. The whole time, we’ve been looking at our performances, and we’ve been happy with them. There was the West Ham and Reading games where we were winning, but we were not so happy with our performances. We liked the results, of course, and everybody wants that.

“At the end of the day, it’s how you play and we’re starting to get back on the right track. We need to now start winning, and taking the three points when we dominate so much. Hopefully we will see that on Friday night against a good Liverpool team.”

Sorensen also revealed Karen Holmgaard will be monitored in line with concussion protocols ahead of the clash but is expected to train on Thursday, while twin sister Sara, is fit and available again.

Goalkeeper Emily Ramsey has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained while on international duty with England last month.

Tickets for Friday night's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park are still available, with a Club record attendance for a home Senior Women’s team fixture expected. Adult tickets are priced at £8 with under-18 and over-65s costing £4. To purchase online, click here, or purchase on the turnstile on the night of the game.