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Merseyside Derby Q&A

By Ian Mills


Ex Everton & England international Michael Ball spoke to Across The Park ahead of the 234th Merseyside derby.

The boyhood Evertonian took part in a quick fire Q&A below.

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Can you give us your best derby memories as a fan and player?

As a supporter, Wayne Clarke 1-0 March 1988, it broke Liverpool's unbeaten run at the time. As a player obviously my first derby to become the youngest to ever play in it April 1997.

You've been on both ends of the spectrum in terms of being on the winning side in a derby and the losing side. Post match in the dressing room is it just another game or do you feel either result a little more?

Losing always hurts much more than other games. Winning you just can’t stop smiling for about week!!

Moving onto this weekend, they say form goes out the window in a derby. It probably has to for Everton to win! So simply put, can Everton win it?

To win, Everton need to believe they can! Press quickly, put them under pressure from the start & then the crowd will play their part. LFC could be nervous - fingers crossed!

What is your starting line up prediction?

Easier to win the lottery! Derby games always bring up a surprising lineups.

Finally, if you could being any player back you've seen or played with in their prime for Sunday's game who would it be and why?

Big game players is what we are missing right now so has to be Dunc/Cahill. Big game players but also big games goal scorers!

Across The Park extra with Michael Ball is available in our archives here



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