Brendan Rodgers: 'Merseyside derby win can be a springboard'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes that three points in Saturday's Merseyside derby can act as a springboard for a run of positive results.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has challenged his players to use the Merseyside derby as a springboard for the rest of the season.

The Reds have lost three of their five games this term, and currently sit 11th in the Premier League.

Rodgers's charges host fierce local rivals Everton on Saturday, and the Northern Irishman is hoping that a victory can see his team go on a lengthy run of positive results.

He told reporters: "If I look at the corresponding games last season, there's only a one point difference and we ended up doing okay. We know we need to be better, we know we need to improve our performance levels.

"The derby gives us an opportunity to do that - it provides a platform to go on a good, consistent run. Last season, we had a great spell after our win [in January].

"They're a good side, with very good players. They're different to us, but they've got a lot of quality .They've probably not got the results they've wanted, but Roberto Martinez is an excellent manager."

Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge could return for the game, after missing the best part of a month with a thigh injury.

Roberto Martinez the manager of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014
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