Seamus Coleman sends message to Everton fans ahead of Liverpool clash
Seamus Coleman has told Everton fans their support could make all the difference when they take on Liverpool tonight.
The Toffees head into today’s (1 December) clash on the back of five defeats in seven games, and while Jurgen Klopp’s men are huge favourites to win at Goodison Park, the right-back has insisted in the programme notes published on the club’s official website that he and his teammates are up to the task.
Some of the Toffees players are playing against Liverpool in front of the fans for the first time, and Coleman has assured the supporters that they will perform up to expectations.
He said: “We are under no illusions as to the size of the task facing us. Liverpool are one of the form teams in the Premier League, while we are going through a challenging spell.
“We need to be brave tonight. We need to get on the ball and assert ourselves on the game. We know full well that Goodison Park will be jam-packed and that the fans will be right behind us from the very first whistle. An intimidating Goodison can be the difference.
“Some of the lads have never played in a Merseyside derby in front of a full house and I have assured them that it’s unlike any other game.
“Things are not going our way at the moment, but one good result can turn the tide and hopefully that can be tonight. It’s just about the toughest task you can face in the Premier League but we are ready for it and I know you will be, too.”
Goodison Park has to turn into a fortress tonight if Everton are to take anything away from this game.
The fans need to make it difficult for the visitors and spur their own players on.
Coleman has played in lots of Merseyside derbies, and he knows the difference the supporters can make.
The Toffees faithful have been far from pleased with recent performances and results from Rafa Benitez’s men, but they need to put all that behind them and support the team tonight.
They hold the key to an impressive result, and Coleman and his teammates must follow the manager’s plans and instructions to the letter.
Liverpool are a team that often pounce on mistakes, and Everton have to cut it that out from their game.
Not many people are giving them any chance ahead of the game, but they have what it takes to challenge their bitter rivals, and a good game will earn them applause from the fans regardless of the result.