Date: 30th September 2011 at 11:00am
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With every team that has undergone a significant overhaul comes the fear that the new boys will not know what it takes to participate in the local derby and will treat it like just another game.

But any football player that claims to come to Liverpool for its heritage and tradition will know about the fierce rivalry that Liverpool and Everton have always had since LFC split from Everton in 1892.

What professional footballer has not ever played in a derby? All the new boys should have experienced a derby atmosphere before at their previous clubs and that is the point that Kenny Dalglish expressed to the media.

“For Andy, the north-east derby isn’t to be undermined either, and for Stewart… Villa against Birmingham isn’t the smallest of derbies, is it?

“They may not have experienced one of these derbies before, but everybody has experienced a derby of some sort.

“Even for Luis (Suarez), the derby he’s been involved in in Holland (between Ajax and Feyenoord) will have been frenetic as well. Every derby starts the same way.

“I don’t think there is anybody who will be involved with us on Saturday who would undermine or be surprised by what they come up against.

“That’s very important and although they might not have experienced the derbies here, they have somewhere else and they were equally as important to them when they were playing in them as what this one is.”

Do you think the new Reds will be phased or intimidated by the atmosphere on Saturday? I for one don’t think so. These boys come in knowing what it means to face Everton and Man United and will no doubt give their all for Liverpool and King Kenny, a manager who understands the importance of beating the bitters in blue. Something Roy Hodgson certainly did not when he boldly proclaimed after our morale sapping defeat that it was the best he had seen us play that season.

Come on you Reds! YNWA!


2 responses to “The Derby Mentality”

  1. abraham says:

    I hope i am wrong but as long as KK plays henderson, adam and downing who are lazy and slow at defensive duties, Everton Wins. I is insinuating that he will play them by saying kuyt works hard and so do others in training; however we all see who works hard on the pitch dont we? I hope i am wrong though because i really believed in KK before the season start to win the epl, but now i am just objective.

  2. bri says:

    Lets just try and get 3 points and get the hell out of that craphole.honestly dont know what our mentality will be so up and down thru 90 mins, who knows? Our performance will have to be strong for the whole match but you just cant predict what,ll happen at all.its always been the same.notice moyes has ,as usual,brought the financial aspect into it.he knows full well thats what the press will pick up on..and they have.he says the only difference between us has been financial and they,ve been a lot closer to us than people think.really? When we finished 2nd we were so far ahead of them they couldnt see us.since then weve been crap[apart from 2nd half of last season] yet they still couldnt finish above us and we didnt have any money prior to fsg.we nearlly went into administration for fucksake!so he,s just wrong.truth is davey boy ur village green club is not fit to lace our boots,despite the troubles we,ve had in the last few years.yeah,you may have the odd head to head success against us,you might even get one today but that is all your club is living on.i make no appologies for this post against neverton but i despise them more than man ure.they deserve a bit of respect and credit simply for what they,ve achieved and we,more than any other set of fans,should be able to acknowledge that.kenny talked this week about what the derby means to him and of having respect for neverton and the job moyes is doing.does it ever get reciprocated? What does moyes decide to concentrate on? Feeding the press shit about all the money kenny and lfc have spent. money never gets mentioned when they play united…funny that.they,re in the shit because for over twenty years they,ve employed mediocre players and managers,thats it.although we havent won the league in that time,we,ve still had major successes and our name is still huge around the world something everton can never compete with.if you go to barca,s footy museum you,ll notice,as you walk round,that there is no mention or acknowledgement of any other football a pristine glass case on a wall,in front of other items ,there,s a team photo of liverpool strikes you as quite poignant. thats the real reason dave why we have money and you dont.derby mentality? They should be priveledged just to share the same pitch as us.