Philippe Coutinho thinks a win over Everton would be huge for Liverpool's top-four hopes
Liverpool face Everton in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday (12.30pm) at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp's side edged the away fixture 1-0 in December thanks to a last-minute winner from Sadio Mane.
However, Philippe Coutinho has claimed the Reds will take nothing for granted against their rivals this weekend.
Philippe Coutinho loves the intensity of the Merseyside derby
“The rivalry is like any derby – it’s intense," Coutinho said.
"I’ve experienced these games both home and away and the intensity is equal with the fans.
“You’re always on TV, it’s one of the most difficult games and I don’t think this one will be any different.
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“The week before the game, you can’t wait to play and if you win, the level of joy you give to the fans is amazing.
"They’re the victories you always enjoy.”
And Coutinho has stressed the importance of getting a win against the Toffees to boost their hopes of a top-four finish this season.
Philippe Coutinho says wins against your rivals always feel the best
“It’s very important [to win], obviously it’s our aim [to finish in the top four],” he added.
“All the games are like finals and if we’re going to achieve our aim we need a lot of points.”
Liverpool currently sit in fourth place in the table, four points clear of Manchester United who have two games in hand over them.