James McCarthy believes Everton will go to Anfield and attack as they look to avenge last season’s 4-0 defeat against arch-rivals Liverpool.
Everton were flying high when they made the short trip across Stanley Park to take on the Reds, who were battling for the Premier League title, and they were brought back down to earth with a crushing defeat.
McCarthy says the memories of that night are still vivid and he and his team-mates are determined to make sure there is no repeat.
The midfielder also says the game plan will be to attack and they will not go there to defend, despite the 4-0 hammering last time.
“We went there to go for it and got caught out a couple of times, first from set pieces and then especially on the counter-attack,” McCarthy said of the previous visit.
“When you go to Anfield you want to play. You want to go there and play football the way it should be played. There is no way we would go there, sit in and play for a draw. We’ll do the same again at the weekend. We will be trying to beat them.
“It’s a big game for them as well, but we want to get back to winning and there is no better way of doing that or game to do it.
“I’m sure the manager will have his plan but it is not his way to go there and defend. We will always set up to win.”
Everton have a poor record at Anfield having drawn eight and lost eight of their last 16 visits and are priced at 3.99 to record a rare victory.