Alberto Moreno says there are many similarities in the “feisty” atmosphere of a Merseyside derby to that of the Sevilla-Betis derby in Spain.
Liverpool take on Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon for the 225th time with the tension between the sides and supporters as intense as ever.
Moreno is no stranger to derby games, having taken part in several for Sevilla against Real Betis prior to joining the Reds last year.
“Sevilla-Betis is similar, pretty much the same as Liverpool-Everton,” Moreno is quoted on LiverpoolFC.com as telling Premier League Productions. “Two sets of fans in a divided city, a fantastic atmosphere and really tough games.
“There is a lot of stick given out on and off the field. Sometimes the fans get a little bit feisty with each other as well in Seville. They can’t wait.
“They are the sort of games I like, particularly when it gets a bit feisty and a few tackles fly in. I love to play in them.”
The pressure is turned up on Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers after only one victory within 90 minutes in eight games.
But despite the Reds’ poor form they go into this weekend’s round of matches five points off the top of the Premier League and two points off fourth spot.
“It’s such vital game for us,” Moreno added.
“If we were to pick up three points, it would help us get to the upper reaches of the league and fight for what everyone at this club really wants – which is to be considered as one of the contenders at the top of the league.
“So we’ll be giving everything we possibly can to be able to get the three points and continue positively in the league.”
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