James Milner feels Liverpool’s performances have been getting better recently – and says a win at Everton could kickstart the Reds’ season.
After starting the season with back-to-back wins, Liverpool went six games without tasting victory before ending the rut with a 3-2 success against Aston Villa last weekend.
However, a 1-1 draw against FC Sion at Anfield in the Europa League in midweek has increased the pressure on the Reds going into Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
“It can give the whole club a boost, lift us out of this run where things haven’t quite been going for us,” Milner told Sky Sports.
“They’re special occasions and they mean so much. The bragging rights for the fans going into work the next day, we know how much it means and it means a lot to us as well.
“I think the performances have been improving over the last few weeks and a win in the derby would send everyone off to the international break with a good feeling, full of confidence.”
With Jordan Henderson out injured, Milner will lead out the Liverpool team against their city rivals.
“Obviously I’d prefer not to [be captain] as Hendo [Jordan Henderson] is a big part of this team, and will be a big miss for us,” Milner added.
“But it’s a great honour to lead Liverpool out for a game like this. I’m at that stage in my career where I can help the younger players out and set an example for games like this.”