FA Cup: Ancelotti with the goal of bothering Liverpool once again
MANCHESTER: when Carlo Ancelotti took over in Everton last month, the Italian was already pending Sunday FA Cup Merseyside third round derby against runaway Premier league Liverpool leaders.
Ancelotti, in his previous club Napoli, managed to do what no other coach in England has achieved this season: beat the team of Juergen Klopp.
Liverpool lost 2-0 in Naples in the Champions League in September and continued with a 1-1 draw in the return game in Anfield - The only time the Reds have not won at home this season.
The only other defeat for Liverpool this season was in the EFL Cup when the club was forced to play against a youth team against Aston Villa because their first team was on duty at the Club World Cup in Qatar.
The Evertonians know my record against Liverpool, they will be happy with this, Ancelotti said when he was introduced as manager.
It is a great rivalry here and a great motivation for us. I have a very good relationship with Juergen Klopp. It is always exciting to play against them.
Of course, I have defeated them, but they are not used to losing. It was a good day for me. I know how much Evertonians want to beat Liverpool.
It is not an impossible mission, nothing is impossible in football, he added.
Everton have responded well to the arrival of Ancelotti, who replaced the sacked Marco Silva, enjoying wins in the Premier league over Burnley and Newcastle United before Wednesday's loss at Manchester City.
Liverpool could introduce its new Japanese striker Takumi Minamino, signed from Salzburg and who impressed both against the Klopp team in the Champions League, where he also faced the Napoli de Ancelotti.
The derby is the outstanding game of the third round that traditionally offers many surprises with high-level teams faced against the opposition of the lower league.
After a hectic spell of holiday games, many managers will be tempted to rotate their squads and give opportunities to marginal players, which could offer the possibility of surprise results.
Among the ties which feature Premier league sides against those from down the English football pyramid, Steve Bruce's Newcastle travel to third-tier (League One) Rochdale on Saturday.
Manchester City holders face League Two (fourth level) of Port Vale, while West Ham United and Burnley face League One opponents in Gillingham and Peterborough.
Monday sees a fascinating encounter between Mikel Arteta's Arsenal and Championship (second tier) leaders Leeds United coached by Argentine Marcelo Bielsa -- a repeat of the 1972 FA Cup final.
Championship (second tier) club Preston North End, twice FA Cup winners, host the Premier league 's bottom club Norwich City while Nottingham Forest, fourth in the Championship travel to Chelsea.