Everton’s new boy, Allan, remembers beating Liverpool “most of the time” while playing for the former club Napoli ahead of their first Merseyside derby … but says players are “aware” of the drought of Toffees for 10 years.
- Everton are looking for Merseyside Derby’s first win in 10 years on Saturday
- New midfielder Allan will be one of many newcomers to play in their first derby
- The Brazilian has been the key to a good start to the season for the Toffees so far
- The 29-year-old recalled several wins over Liverpool while playing for Napoli
Everton midfielder Allan recalled his strong record against Liverpool for the former club Napoli ahead of their potential first Merseyside derby on Saturday.
The arrival of the Brazlian this summer is part of a new Toffees look that has made a strong start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti and occupies the lead in the Premier League.
Thair’s form means there is an argument for the blue side of town to enter Saturday’s derby as favorites after the champions Liverpool suffered a 7-2 loss to Aston Villa last time around.
Everton’s new boy Allan recalled his strong record for former club Napoli vs Liverpool
The Brazlian have been part of two wins and a draw in recent years against the Reds
The midfielder was named the best player on the pitch when Napoli won a 1-1 draw against Anfield last season, while he also started with 2-0 and 1-0 wins over the Reds for the Serie A team.
“Professor Ancelotti and his team of coaches are very intelligent and prepare for every detail to face the opposition. Because of that, we won most of the time against Liverpool, ”Allan told Liverpool Echo.
“Every game against Liverpool is tough, but thank goodness we got the better of them most times and I hope it won’t be different on Saturday.
“We are playing at home and we hope to have a great game and get a victory which will be very important for us.
Midfielder hailed ‘professor’ Carlo Ancelotti after Everton start to season
The game at Goodison Park on Saturday will mark 10 years since Everton beat rivals in a miserable race, and Allan has revealed they are aware of the drought despite their good form.
‘Yes obviously we are aware [of Everton’s derby drought] and it’s not a good record, it’s not something good and we’ve heard about it.
Allan has revealed that his nickname ‘professor’ for his boss comes from, also used by his fellow rookie James Rodriquez for the way the Italian studies and prepares for the games and the relationship he has with the players.