Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti asks players to produce the best against Liverpool

A victory will also give Everton their first win over European and World champions Liverpool since 2010

The Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti stated that his team need to produce their best game to end the two-decade-long disappointment in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield, on Sunday.

The Blues have not won at the venue since 1999 and were handed a 5-2 defeat in the league this season resulting in the sacking of Marco Silva after which Ancelotti took over as the manager. Victory will also give Everton a first win over European and World champions Liverpool since 2010.

"A normal performance is not enough against them. Everything has to be perfect," Ancelotti, who masterminded a 2-0 Champions League win over Liverpool with former side Napoli in September, told reporters on Friday.

Carlo Ancelotti
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"No mistakes, hard work, sacrifice, intensity. To beat them, the game has to be complete... The best way to prepare is to be focused on what you do on the pitch. Be focused on the game. Don't look at different things.

"The last trophy Everton won was the FA Cup (in 1994-95) so we have to have confidence... Everyone knows how Liverpool play, fantastic in counter-attack... we have to attack well because you can't defend for 90 minutes and we don't want to."

Ancelotti is no stranger to derby matches having played for and managed AC Milan among other elite European clubs in a trophy-laden career.

"I know how different these games are. Of course, Liverpool are favourites but in a derby, you never know what will happen," Ancelotti added.

"The fact that it's the oldest competition gives it a real special atmosphere. There are a lot of surprises. We're excited about the game.

"The last time I was in this tournament (as Chelsea manager in 2009-10), I won so it can be good luck for us."