Liverpool coach demands passionate performance at Everton this weekend

Steve Clarke, assistant manager for the Reds, has never experienced a Merseyside derby first-hand at Goodison Park and is looking forward to a fiery Saturday lunchtime encounter

Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke believes the side will need to play with passion to overcome Everton this weekend in the Premier League fixture.

The local derby kicks off between the two Merseyside teams at 12:45 at Goodison Park and will be Reds manager Kenny Dalglish’s first trip back to the ground as Liverpool boss since that epic 4-4 draw in February 1991, two days before he resigned on health grounds.

Clarke, who has also coached at Newcastle United and Chelsea in his coaching career, has never experienced a Merseyside derby as a coach but is well aware of what it will take to get three points out of the match.

“When you play Everton, the first thing you're going to have to do is compete with them,” Clarke told Liverpool’s official website.

“They work really hard in every game, they make it difficult for the opposition. They've got their own way of playing. At home, it's a tight ground, a tight stadium.

“You have to go into the game with passion but with a calm mind as well. You need a lot of fire in your belly but an ice-cold mind.

“You have to try and control the game as much as you can. The passion and the atmosphere can carry you away in a local derby but the team that holds most control in the derby will be the team that wins it.

“I've never experienced a Merseyside derby at Goodison so I'm looking forward to that.”

Liverpool will travel to Everton placed fifth in the table, with Everton perched six places below them with a game-in-hand in eleventh.