Thursday, October 18, 2007

Xabi Alonso feeling the special derby athmosphere

LIVERPOOL will look to kickstart their campaign with victory in the Goodison derby against Everton on Saturday.
Xabi Alonso retains an outside chance of being available after returning to training following the broken metatarsal that has ruled him out since mid-September.
And the Spain midfielder yesterday hit back at talk that Liverpool’s foreign contingent do not have the same regard for the fixture as the local players.
"I don’t know how you would compare who feels what, but the foreign lads always know it’s a special game," said Alonso.
"You pick up on the atmosphere when you’re out and about, of course. Everyone on both sides can’t wait for kick-off - it’s a really big day for the city. We know how much it means to the people. They have family who might support the other team and they talk about it.
"The excitement is the same among the players. I’m looking forward to it.
"But it’s against the other team from this city, and for the fans it means a lot.
"I don’t know if it means more for the local lads than the foreign players, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be as committed as them."

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