Everton fan Blake Dutton provides the view from across Stanley Park as Liverpool and Everton prepare to do battle in the 215th Merseyside derby.
How are Everton fans feeling about this derby?
As confident as we were last season when we visited Anfield - when you went down to 10 men and still won. On paper I can't see past us winning, but I remember saying the same last season. I just have that nagging doubt that an obviously fired up home support will make the difference to your players' confidence. If I was to pick players from this weekend's Liverpool team that would make our XI, only the keeper and striker would be mentioned. As long as the ref doesn't let too many fouls go the midfield battle is there for us to be won.
What have you made of Dalglish's return?
Once Roy lost the crowd it was only a matter of time before he left. Dalglish was an obvious choice to lift spirits whilst a long-term solution is identified. I must admit, I am happy to see that the "new manager syndrome" has at least brought consistency to your results! It will be interesting once you have got past the initial boost to performance and results that is often seen with new appointments!
Best and worst memories of playing Liverpool under Dalglish?
The beginning of Dalglish's reign at the helm was obviously a halcyon period for both our clubs, before we slipped off. The two cup games (the final and the 4-4) are the two obvious games to highlight. They may not have been highlights from an Everton point of view but were certainly the strongest memories. Our run of awful results at Anfield started under Dalglish, and we're hoping they also end under him!
I'll not be giving away too much by saying that scoring goals has been our issue. Our general play all season has been okay except for the odd exception. However, the recent switch to using two recognised strikers seems to have improved that situation. Against Spurs we had the ball in the area much more often than we have all season. We also carved out more threatening chances than any previous game for a while. Beckford's pace up top gives defenders something else to think about as it is not a characteristic we've had for quite some time.
Everton players we should worry about?
Fellaini and Baines are both playing well, even if Fellaini is more defensive now than when he first started playing for us. He will be key to breaking down your attacking play and giving us a platform to build on. Coleman has also come on leaps and bounds over the season. His growing confidence has seen him get more involved as the season has gone on. Five goals is also a good return for a young full-back out of position. However, the key department will be up front against the defenders who played mid-week against Blackpool. Saha will drop a little in to the gaps left by the absent Cahill, and Beckford will play on the shoulders of the defenders. He has good pace and movement. He makes all the right runs. It just seems to be his final decision lacking at the moment. As with all strikers, though, confidence will come through goals, and what better game to get a goal.
Liverpool player you secretly admire?
Kuyt. I just hate him! I know how your lot must feel about Cahill. Always getting stuck in, always fighting, driving the team on. And more importantly, always scoring against the other lot.
Your all-time derby hero?
Greame Sharp, that goal.
And all-time derby villain?
Graham Poll, that goal.
I hope we don't bottle it at your place as we have so many times recently. If we commit players forward we should win, comfortably. I want to say 3-0 to us, I think it'll be 3-0 to us. So I will have my money on 1-1 and lots of yellow cards.