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Liverpool to face rivals, Everton, tonight

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The Reds Boss will take charge of his first Merseyside derby as Liverpool entertain Everton at Anfield.

Klopp understands the significance of the derby victory to fans from his experience in the derbies between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. In 2010 he got his first victory over Schalke which spurred Dortmund on to winning the Bundesliga title.

However, the as manager of Dortmund, Klopp had ten derbies in which he won five and lost five in the Bundesliga.

“When we got back to where we parked our cars in Dortmund, it was at the end of a road 100 or 200 metres long, the fans had waited for us and had crowded the road,” said Klopp.

“The bus couldn’t get through so we had to get off the bus. The fans put little Shinji on their shoulders and carried him through. That’s something he will never forget! That was a positive.”

“But there were defeats too.”

“To be honest, after we lost a derby, they were waiting for us too,” Klopp said.

“They were not aggressive when we came home but they told us: “Don’t forget, this is a special game.”

But the Mersyside derby is not one Klopp would have experienced, this is truly a special game between two clubs from the same city.

“I think that is the ultimate sense of football,” said Klopp. “You get emotions in football that usually you cannot get, like last Thursday.”

“You don’t get that in any other circumstances with your good mates. To watch this, to be part of something like this, is special.”

“Every doctor has a much, much more important job than I do but in the end nobody talks about him. We all know about what he does but we don’t really think about it.”

“In football, especially in a city like this when you have to work next to your mates and you see their faces and they look like this (smiles) or you have to look in this direction, then there is a big difference.”

Liverpool are strong at the moment and are playing good football, they will go into the game with a lot of confidence and a home advantage.