By Craig Lea
Starting with the midweek win at Swansea, how important was that result not only for Everton but for Marco Silva who has come under increasing pressure in the 2nd half of the season?
The result was of massive importance to the club. Firsty, we needed those 3 points and I've stressed in the podcast how I thought prior to the game it was more important than the Derby! Secondly, I felt a negative result going into the derby could have created an almost toxic environment at Goodison Park. The win in South Wales not only gave us a much needed win but also Marco Silva a little bit more time to prove his worth.
Moving onto the Merseyside derby, I know we say this every year but after the Divok Origi comedy goal in December is there more of a sense that Everton owe Liverpool one?
We've owed Liverpool one since October 2010! That aside, I say all the time we need be positive in all our home games. Of course the Derby has extra spice and if the players aren't up for it then the crowd will quickly get on their back! However, back to the question I think that now is as good a time as any to give the reds a taste of what they have given us in recent times. There is also the added incentive that there is a title challenge for us to try and scupper. Plus 7th place and European qualification is still up for grabs.
How does Marco Silva go about winning the 234th Merseyside derby? Give me your starting line up and how you think we need to play to come out with a win.
I go with
Coleman Jags Zouma Digne
Gomes Gueye Sgurdsson
Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Bernard
I think we just need to try and nullify there world class players. We've seen in certain games there is a way to isolate Salah and Mane - try to give them as little of the ball as possible & try not to allow them to get involved too high up the pitch. Tough ask I know, but it has been done by lesser opposition this season! However, that could create an almost boring spectacle, but if we nick a goal and win 1-0, that'll do me fine!
Finally, if you could bring any ex Everton player you’ve seen in his prime back for Sunday’s game, who would it be and why?
I'd say for what he gave us in the few derbies he played, Andrei Kanchelskis. He was direct and menacing and I think he's the type of player who would turn up for this occasion.