Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is looking forward to playing his first Merseyside derby at Goodison Park against Everton on Monday night, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Liverpool are currently second in the league table and six points adrift of leaders Chelsea while Everton are in th eighth position.
Speaking I during his pre-match Press Conference on Friday, Klopp says he is anticipating a keenly contested game between both teams.
"For me it's pretty special because it's my first time at Goodison Park," Klopp reckons.
"I'm really looking forward to it and it is a very important period of the season. We watched Everton v Arsenal and atmosphere was good. It will be a real battle. Two good teams against each other.
"It's all about saying the right things at the right moment to the players.
"I cannot say Everton is my enemy since 12-years-old. I like how Liverpool lives with these two big clubs.
"I never had any issue with any Evertonian fans. A lot of nice people support Everton, but it is a game for us and we have to respect this.
"I am in a positive mood because I am looking forward to it.
"Football is not the most important thing in the world but on Monday in Liverpool it probably is, so let's do our bets."
On the issue of who will get the nod to be in goal between Loris Karious who has been in the spotlight for his unimpressive performances of late and former first choice Simon Mignolet, Klopp said: "I don't want to change each week, that was not the plan.
"I know how fantastic Loris is as a goalkeeper. It's not enough if only I know it. Only if something happens and then we have Loris again.
"It is a good decision for both the way I see it. Sometimes the job is to take someone out of the public view. Only step aside and use the time to get in your best shape.
"Simon had a really good game so he will be in goal for sure. We only made the change because Simon is in brilliant shape."