While Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league, and stood two points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of the weekend fixtures, successive away defeats in their Champions League group at Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain have raised questions about their trophy-winning potential. "He's a very good guy and a very good player, but you play football to play against the big players, against [Lionel] Messi, against Neymar".
"It will not be the most easy game in the world but no-one expects that in a derby and we shouldn't do that this time so we will not". I'm a defender and it's down to the team.
"Absolutely. The players had the whole week together".
"One or two years ago [Wayne] Rooney came back, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson came, they said they could not play because of lack of speed". We do not need an extra portion of motivation because of Paris and what happened on the pitch.
"We can take confidence from the way we played at Chelsea".
However, Everton are winless in the last 17 Merseyside derbies in all competitions - last picking up a victory against Roy Hodgson's Liverpool in 2010 - and have not won at Anfield since the turn of the millennium.
But the change that Marco Silva has brought to the Goodison outfit has been impressive in such a relatively short period. Respect, yes, but we don't change anything in our way. We have a good mentality too and we work hard every week.
Goalkeeper: I don't think there can be any debate over who will start in goal as Alisson is certain to keep his place between the sticks with Simon Mignolet once again named on the bench.
"The team is playing really well and getting results and we are grinding out wins when we're not playing our best football". We have to prove it.
"We want to play against them week by week and be competitive". I think he'll go back to the 4-2-3-1 system with Shaqiri on the right.
With their prospects of reaching the Champions League last 16 uncertain, Liverpool FC will be hoping to make a statement against Everton at Anfield.
"I can't say to the boys, 'We've fixed things at the back but we're not doing enough offensively.' That would be insane".