Coutinho is currently away with the Brazil squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay, but will return late in the week to rejoin Jurgen Klopp‘s squad.
The German will be hoping he can call upon both Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as part of his starting lineup at Anfield, as he looks to propel the Reds’ top-four push.
According to Coutinho, the Reds’ favourable position should give his side confidence, with the 24-year-old adamant their rivals’ improvement should not be a concern.
“Right now, Liverpool are higher in the league, that’s the reality and that’s all we have to think about.
“We will be ready. The derby is a very special match for everyone, the fans and the players. We know what it means.
The people of Liverpool live this match with so much emotion and this time it is even more because Everton have improved so much in recent weeks.
“We know it won’t be easy, but we know we have to to win, for our fans, for our morale and for everybody.”
Coutinho has clearly acknowledged the atmosphere of the derby, and the importance of sealing victory over Everton regardless of each side’s place in the table.
And an upturn in form from the playmaker, who shone as Brazil beat Uruguay 4-1 on Thursday night, will be central to Liverpool doing so.
The former Inter Milan midfielder’s struggle for consistency has been a major talking point during the international break, particularly following renewed links with Barcelona.
But encouragingly for Reds supporters, Coutinho seemed to move to underline his commitment to Liverpool and their Champions League push.
“I just concentrate on my own club. Liverpool is my only focus and my only interest,” he added.
Coutinho is yet to taste defeat in seven appearances against Everton so far, scoring two goals and assisting one more.