Everton fullback Tony Hibbert is convinced they can go into the derby with Liverpool flying.

Hibbert is a veteran of 17 such occasions and will be hopeful of retaining his place after starting the 5-1 FA Cup third round win at Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

That followed last week's impressive 2-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur that moved David Moyes's side up to 11th place and four points clear of the relegation zone.

And Hibbert believes the need to continue that momentum will add an extra edge to Everton's performance.

"To be honest, I love derbies," said the right-back. "I think they are absolutely brilliant.

"I love playing in them, they are something different. I hope others love playing in it as well.

"But at the end of the day, it's the three points we want. With it being the derby, and local lads involved as it is with me, Bainesy and Ossie, it is a good match for us to get one over them."

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