Xabi Alonso insists Liverpool's overseas contingent are relishing the upcoming derby with Everton.

Some fans doubt whether the Reds' foreign players possess the enthusiasm of locals like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

The Spanish midfielder, who is a doubt for the big game, told The Sun: "I don't know how you would compare who feels what but the foreign lads always know it's a special game.

"You pick up on the atmosphere when you're out and about. Everyone on both sides can't wait for kick-off - it's a really big day for the city.

"We know how much it means to the people. They have family who might support the other team and they talk about it.

"The excitement is the same amongst the players. it's against the other team from this city and for the fans it means a lot.

"I don't know if it means more for the local lads than the foreign players, but we'll be as committed as them."