In the latest Everton news, Seamus Coleman concedes it is about time the Toffees secured a victory over Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
The two teams will clash at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday with Everton looking to secure their first victory over their fierce rivals since they claimed a 2-0 success back in 2010.
Republic of Ireland international Coleman played in that victory, but he has since seen his side fail to win any of the last 16 meetings with Liverpool, losing eight of those games, including a 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup earlier this year.
The full-back believes now is the time for Everton to bring that disastrous run to an end and he sees this weekend’s clash as an ideal opportunity, as the game will come in-between Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Manchester City.
“They will maybe have their eyes on that [Man City game], but Saturday is Saturday and they’ll be thinking about the three points and we’ll be thinking about the three points,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sports.
“We can’t hang on to the hope that they’ll have one eye on a different game. We just need to win the game because it’s been too long.
“I can only speak on behalf of ourselves and I’m going to say we are under pressure to win the game because I want that pressure, I want to win against Liverpool it’s been too long.”
Coleman is also hoping a positive result can boosts Everton’s chances of enjoying a successful end to the season, as Sam Allardyce’s side still have an outside chance of qualifying for next season’s Europa League, as they currently sit six points behind seventh-place Burnley.
He added: “The derby can change a lot, and if we win and get the confidence going into the rest of the season off that derby it’ll be great and I’m really looking forward to it and really confident we can get all three points.”
Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were the scorers the last time Everton beat Liverpool and the Toffees are 4/1 with Betfred to record another victory on Saturday.