The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

Liverpool's Rodgers relishing first taste of Merseyside derby


LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom (AFP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he can't wait to experience his first taste of a Merseyside derby when his side face fierce rivals Everton on Sunday.

After years of Liverpool reigning as Merseyside's dominant force, it is Everton who go into the match at Goodison Park with the upper hand as they lie six points ahead of their neighbours in the Premier League and that should add extra spice to an already fiesty fixture.

Their 219th competitive meeting may be the first with Rodgers involved, but the explosive nature of the derby is not lost on the former Swansea manager.

With that in mind, Rodgers called on his players to avoid potential flashpoints and also appealed to referee Andre Marriner to keep a cool head.