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Liverpool boss Rodgers excited about looming Everton battle

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to next week's derby against Everton.

The Reds will meet Everton in midweek.

Rodgers said: "The derby games are brilliant, they are really intense - I've been involved in a few of them now. We're really looking forward to playing at Anfield. It's an opportunity for us to go four points ahead of Everton. There are a few teams fighting to get into the top four; it gives us an opportunity to make a little bit of a gap.

"It's a big game. The last game was really entertaining - it was interesting that both managers prefer to impose on their opponents with a possession game. They are very tense but you've got to try to stay calm and composed. Our record at Anfield over the last year has been excellent so we hope that, along with the supporters who make a huge difference for us, we can pull through and get another vital win."

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