Jordan Pickford believes Everton “have the ability in the squad” to beat Liverpool when they meet in the Merseyside derby on June 21 – live on Sky Sports.
Everton were thrashed 5-2 at Anfield in the league in December, before being knocked out of the FA Cup by an under-strength Liverpool side a month later.
But with the sides meeting on the first full weekend of action after the Premier League restarts following its enforced absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pickford remains convinced they are capable of defeating their local rivals.
“We want to win every game we play and any sort of derby match is massive for the fans and for players,” England goalkeeper Pickford told Sky Sports News.
“We want to show how good we can be and we have an opportunity to beat them. We know they are a good side, they are top of the league. We just want to do our best and try to beat them.
“We know we have the ability in the squad to beat them. We just want to do it for ourselves and our fans.”
On a personal level, Pickford – who has been in lockdown with his parents during the coronavirus pandemic – admits the opportunity to give his mind and body an extended break for the first time in a decade has been very welcome.
“Obviously it’s been difficult but it’s nice to spend time with your family and get a nice big break,” he added.
“I’ve not had a break from football since I was probably a 16-year-old – I’ve been in the England set up since then – so it’s nice for my mind and body to have a reset.
“We’re getting ready to go again but it’s been a nice eight or nine weeks off, in the sense of giving your body time to relax.”