Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has admitted that the Merseyside derby is ‘something different’ from the ones he had featured in.
The 26-year-old is set for his second game against Everton since his arrival from Roma last summer.
His bow in the derby saw him net a brilliant individual effort – in a 1-1 draw at Anfield – that won Fifa Puskas Award.
“I didn’t know much about it before I came here,” Salah told Sky Sports.
“I just heard about it but in the last game when we played at Anfield, the atmosphere was crazy. I didn’t expect it at all.
“I used to play for Roma and they had a derby there but here, it is something different. The stadium was completely full and the fans were unbelievable, the atmosphere was crazy. I like it a lot.
“The passion for the city, the passion for the fans, for them, this is the most important game in the season.
“You must win the derby so it’s something that pushes us as players from deep inside to give more. Even if it is two per cent more, that is something that will help a lot during the game so that’s the special thing about the derby.”
Should he make Jurgen Klopp’s team, the former Chelsea man will be playing in his 50th English Premier League game for the Reds.
And, currently on 39 top-flight goals for Liverpool, a goal against Marco Silva’s side would take him level with George Allan’s club record – set in 1898 – of 40 goals in a first 50 league matches.
A brace would, however, see him topple the Scottish legend’s 120-year-old record.