The Toffees have not recorded an away Premier League win against Liverpool for 15 years and shipped four goals last time that they made the trip, which the captain recalls sourly
Everton captain Phil Jagielka is desperate to end the club’s winless run away against Liverpool.
The Toffees have not been victorious at Anfield in the Premier League for 15 years, with Roberto Martinez’s men having been routed 4-0 last season.
The last time that Everton claimed bragging rights on their arch-rivals’ turf was in September 1999, when they won a bad-tempered derby 1-0 courtesy of Kevin Campbell’s early goal, and Jagielka is keen to avoid a repeat of January’s crushing defeat.
“Last season, as you can imagine, there wasn’t much said on that journey,” he recalled to the Liverpool Echo.
“You’re talking about a lot of angry people and miserable faces. That’s what you’d expect from any defeat, let alone the heavy defeat we had to our arch-rivals.
“When you are made captain, you want to look at a decent win percentage. You want to see the team score more goals and keep more clean sheets.
“I’ve been desperate to win every time we’ve been to Anfield, we all have been. So then the results we’ve had, and how quiet the bus has been afterwards, is not a nice feeling.
“You can’t change the past but a win is long overdue. It would be a fantastic place for us to give our season another kick-start and get us going up the league.”
While bragging rights are up for grabs, both teams need to invigorate their seasons after sluggish starts. Liverpool have lost back-to-back games, while Everton have only won once this season, with defence a cause for concern.
Martinez’s men have conceded 13 goals in 2014-15, after shipping six against Chelsea and three at home to Crystal Palace in their last league outing.
“It’s been terribly frustrating,” Jagielka conceded. “Being captain and at the centre of a defence that has conceded so many is tough. It puts a frown on your face and makes things a bit harder to bear but I believe in the players around me and I think we can go on a run and keep clean sheets.
“There have probably been 10 individual errors by eight or nine different players so it’s not one person making repeated mistakes or one consistent thing. It’s been a catalogue of errors. Us as players need to stand up in certain situations and cut out the mistakes.”