Cape Town - Everton
defender Leighton Baines has spoken highly of the team chemistry at the
club and the players' willingness to work hard for each other on the
The Toffees have enjoyed a terrific run of form, winning seven of
their last 10 Premier League games, which sees them joint-top on the
During that time, Ronaldo Koeman's side have scored 26 goals and
conceded only seven, but Baines believes it's the teamwork that has
proven the most influential.
“By keeping a clean sheet, you obviously give yourself a chance of
winning a game and if you can get a handful of goals, brilliant. It’s
not often you get both at the same time so we are obviously doing
something right," he told the club's official website.
“It’s something we’ve been much-improved on as a team. The record has
been pretty good and we’ve kept a few clean sheets, so that always
gives you a good chance and in addition to that, we’ve been finding the
right formula to score some goals."
“Just in the team in general,” he added. “More organisation, more
structure, more responsibility. It’s about doing your job and the right
thing for the team.
“It’s a tough league to play in and you are not always going to get
it right but if you have got everyone singing from the same hymn sheet
and willing to put in the hard yards then it at least gives you a
Koeman's side are in seventh position, just six
points behind Liverpool, having lost only once in 12 league matches
since the two sides last met.
Everton have not beaten Liverpool
home or away since October 2010, enduring a run of 13 derbies in all
competitions without victory.
Kick off is at 13:30.