Toffees will shun derby defending

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Everton captain Phil Jagielka says the team will go all out to attack Liverpool during this weekend's Merseyside derby.

The Toffees have won just twice in the league this season, but could leapfrog the Reds if they inflict defeat upon them at Goodison Park this Saturday.

Heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur badly exposed Liverpool's defensive frailties, hence Jagielka feels taking the game to Kenny Dalglish's men can help yield victory.

“It’s still going to be hard against Liverpool, they’ve had a decent start to the season so we’re not pretending we’ll up against a Liverpool that is struggling,” said the England international.

“They have brought in a lot of good players and a lot of good quality. As much as we say we are looking forward to the derby, we aren’t expecting to automatically win it.


“But we will be trying our best to get three points, whereas against City it was more us looking for a draw and maybe nicking a goal.

“We changed things around a little bit for the City game, so hopefully we can go back to the way we have been for the Liverpool game and put up a performance and try to get a win. It’ll be nice to get back to that.”

The trip to City was the beginning of a hectic schedule for the club, with Manchester United, two matches against Chelsea, including the Carling Cup fourth round, and trips to Fulham and Newcastle United to come.

With those aforementioned games coming up, Jagielka hopes the club can take advantage of their homes games, with a four-match unbeaten run to protect.

“People would have looked at the fixture list and thought we were entering a run of games where maybe we aren’t expected to get maximum points,” he added.

“There won’t need to be a reaction for the Liverpool game. It’s a good game for us to have after the City defeat. At home we have been doing okay.”

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