Leon Osman delivers verdict on Everton fans ahead of Liverpool clash
By Will Butcher
Leon Osman believes Jurgen Klopp will be not have experienced anything like the Goodison Park atmosphere as Everton face Liverpool.
The two sides go head to head in the first Merseyside derby of the season on Monday night, and Reds boss Klopp is yet to stand in the dugout at Goodison Park as a manager.
Speaking to Sky Sports News on Monday morning, ex-midfielder Osman labelled the Toffees support as unbelievable ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Everton’s home ground.
“I doubt he’s (Klopp) ever experienced something like this before,” Osman claimed. “The fans are two steps away from him and he’ll have to deal with that.
“The fans can be unbelievable, it feels like the fans are part of the pitch. It’s an old-fashioned ground and the atmosphere is unbelievable around here.”
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Everton will be looking for their fans support on Monday as they look to end a dismal run against Liverpool that last saw them taste derby-day victory in October 2010.
A run of 12 games without a win against Klopp’s side has seen them lose five times while drawing another seven games against their bitter rivals.
However, Ronald Koeman’s side will come into the game off the back of a superb 2-1 victory against high flying Arsenal, after Ashley Williams powered home a superb header late on against the Gunners.
Koeman will also be hoping his Everton outfit can take advantage of Liverpool’s injury woes.
Philippe Coutinho, Danny Ings and Marko Grujic have all been ruled out, while Emre Can, Joel Matip and Daniel Sturridge are doubts for the short trip across Liverpool.
Osman was a fan favourite during his time with the Toffees, as he spent his entire career at Everton other than two loan spells.
His 16-year spell as an Everton midfielder saw him make a huge 433 league and cup appearances in the middle of the park, as well as scoring 57 goals.
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