Toure and Mignolet call for Liverpool response against Everton

Ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sunday, the Reds pair have insisted that the Anfield fans deserved more and demanded an improved performance at Goodison Park on Sunday

GOALBy Eliot Rothwell at Anfield 

Following Liverpool's disappointing 1-1 Europa League draw with Sion on Thursday night, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet have called for an improved performance in the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday. 

The Reds went ahead early on against the Swiss side through Adam Lallana, but Ebenezer Assifuah levelled in the first-half to earn a point in the Group B match. 

A mixed start to the season for the club has increased the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers, with Thursday's draw doing little to alleviate fans' concerns, and Toure and Mignolet believe the Merseyside derby provides a perfect incentive to respond. 

“It is a big game, a big game," the Ivorian defender said in the mixed zone following the Europa League match.

"I think you can't talk about those [type] of games. You just have to live it and that’s what we’re going to do, give 100 per cent.

"What a great game just to forget about this game tonight. A good game to play at Goodison Park against Everton. Let’s see what we can achieve there."

Belgium international goalkeeper Mignolet, who will have been disappointed to see Assifuah's strike find its way into the net, also pinpointed Sunday's match with Everton as a potential source of inspiration.

"We can bounce back immediately. We’ve got a great game to look forward to," the 27-year-old added.

"Everybody know’s it’s a Merseyside derby on Sunday so we’ll recover well after this game and make sure we’re ready for kick off on Sunday.

“If we can get a good result and three points then we’re back where we want to be and everybody will be focussed on getting the result we want and the performance we want on Sunday.”

The Liverpool pair also expressed their frustration with Thursday's draw with Sion, suggesting that the Reds should have been able to gain their first win of the Europa League campaign, following a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in the Group B opener.

"We should just have killed the game but we conceded a really easy goal and at the end of the day we're not really happy," Toure added.

"We create a few chances which we could have just finished the game and control after. We didn’t. The next game is going to be really important.

"The fans expect better from us."

And Mignolet says that the squad need to become "killers" in front of goal in order to win games.

"When you play at home in the Europa League, you want to win the game," Mignolet continued.

"I think we started really to get in front and then unfortunately we didn’t manage to score the second goal which would have given us the victory we wanted.

"I think we have to be killers and kill the game off and if we can score the second time, they go down and it’s very difficult to come back from that. We’ll take that and learn from that and take it into the next few games."