Liverpool's Mohamed Salah doesn't scare Lucas Digne in Merseyside derby

Elena Summers
December 1, 2018

Digne and Salah both played together with Roma in 2015-16, as the Frenchman was on loan from Paris Saint-Germain at the time and Salah was in his first of two seasons with the capital club.

Shortly after moving to Everton, Digne claimed he had turned down two approaches from Liverpool in the past, adding that his "I never walk alone" chest tattoo had nothing to with Everton's fiercest rivals.

The former Barcelona defender has ousted Leighton Baines from the left-back spot at Goodison Park as Marco Silva's side have lost only one of their last six games in the Premier League.

But Digne is not anxious about matching up against his old team-mate, instead relishing the type of challenge he was looking for when he moved to the Premier League from the La Liga champions over the summer.

"Analyse Everton and tell me it will be an easy game, tell me their weaknesses: they defend really good, have good players in all positions". "He's a very good guy and a very good player, but you play football to play against the big players, against [Lionel] Messi, against Neymar".

"We were very close in the Champions League final but this is football, we have to accept the result".

"It's a fact, but I can say to (the players) that always these type of records, they exist to break", he said when reminded of Everton's results against their neighbours. It would be in all leagues in Europe a European team, I am sure. For sure, it will be a really tough, tough match, we are playing against a strong side, quality, Klopp is doing a very good job.

At Anfield the stats are even uglier, as Everton have not managed a win in 19 years.

"One or two years ago [Wayne] Rooney came back, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson came, they said they could not play because of lack of speed".

"Football is like this and we need to change the past". We want to change and we want to win.

"Liverpool play well now, but we play well too".

Everton will remain sixth with victory but have not taken three points from Anfield since Kevin Campbell scored in a 1-0 win in September 1999. "We have to prove it", he said.

"It's a fantastic moment, a fantastic time to play", he said.

"This would be huge for us as a team and as players".

The 25-year-old stressed that he and his Everton teammates will be unmoved by the reception from Liverpool supporters on Sunday. When I was asked, I told the truth. How can I know what people make of that? If they want to say something particular about me. No.

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