Jurgen Klopp has made it clear exactly how furious he and his Liverpool players were in the immediate aftermath of October's clash with Everton.
A 2-2 draw between the two sides at Goodison Park was marred with controversy, with Reds defender Virgil van Dijk left needing surgery for a knee ligament injury following Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's wild tackle.
And midfielder Thiago Alcantara was also badly injured by a late Richarlison lunge, with the Brazilian shown a straight red card in injury time.
The two sides meet again on Saturday for the first time since last year's bad-tempered encounter.
And speaking ahead of the game Klopp insisted there were no hard feelings – but admitted that was not the case when they initially learned the extent of Van Dijk's injury.
"Nothing will be carried over," Klopp said. "A week later, two or three when we got the diagnosis for Virgil, it's good we did not play Everton immediately again, let me say it like this. We are all human beings and it was not nice.
"But now that's long gone and we just don't think about it, but it's still a derby and that's enough to be motivated."
It is still not clear when Van Dijk will return, but the Dutchman appears to be making good progress in the recovery for his injury.
Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak was brought in in January to serve as a replacement for Van Dijk, and Klopp appears impressed with what he has seen so far.
"He has big potential," he said. "He's only 20. He has a lot of experience, and has not taken the easy way in his career so far.
"He was at Galatasaray in Turkey and then moved to Germany, Stuttgart, Schalke and you have to fight.
"So that's good for his education. In both games so far he's been really solid."
Liverpool will be looking to end a run of three defeats in a row against Everton as they look to kick-start their ailing Premier League campaign.
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