Carlo Ancelotti says Everton will get a true measure of their improvement when the surprise Premier League leaders face champions Liverpool on Saturday .
Ancelotti’ s side have reeled off four successive wins in a perfect start to the season.
But the Everton manager knows this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park will provide the acid test of their resurgence.
Everton have not beaten Liverpool since 2010 and finished 50 points behind Jurgen Klopp ’s men last term .
Liverpool suffering a humiliating 7 -2 thrashing by Aston Villa just before the international break , a result that emphasized some flaws in the Reds ’ defense .
Despite that shocking loss and some other defensive blunders this season, Liverpool still represents the gold standard in Ancelotti’ s eyes.
“ I think it will be good for us to have this kind of test . They are the best, they were the best last season and one of the best teams in the world , so it ’s a fantastic challenge ,” Ancelotti told reporters on Friday .
“ The message for us is they are going to have an exciting game, it ’s a derby . Be confident and be happy to play this game.
“ I think the feeling in the dressing room is good . We ’ve started really well , we know it will be a fantastic challenge .”
Everton are three points above Liverpool and for once have the upper hand going into the derby , leaving fans dreaming of the period in the 1980 s when the local rivals slugged it out for the title on a regular basis .
Klopp is a long -standing admirer of Ancelotti after his success with Chelsea , AC Milan , Real Madrid , and Bayern Munich .
And the German believes Everton are capable of sustaining their early -season success long enough to emerge as title contenders.
“ I want to say thanks to him, to be a challenger for Liverpool could be really good for us,” Ancelotti said of Klopp ’s compliment .
“ Of course Liverpool is doing so well . We are, I think , not so far but still far from them . We can have a good test tomorrow against them to see how far we are. ”
( AFP )
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Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”