Liverpool star Sadio Mane makes Everton admission ahead of Merseyside derby

Sadio Mane has confessed Liverpool's last showdown with Everton is "not the best memory" – but insists the Reds will do "everything possible" to claim Merseyside derby glory on Saturday.

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in October in a match remembered for injuries and VAR controversy.

Virgil van Dijk was forced off in the 11th minute with a torn ACL after a reckless lunge by Jordan Pickford, while Richarlison was shown a red card for a horror tackle which injured Thiago Alcantara late on.

Adding to the Reds' woes, VAR intervened to chalk off Jordan Henderson's added-time winner for a narrow offside infringement by Mane in the build-up.

The Senegalese star admits the two injuries and disallowed goal mean Liverpool harbour bad memories of their last clash with Everton.

"This game was not the best memory from the beginning of the season but in football you have to expect everything because everything can happen," Mane told BBC Sport .

"One of the best defenders in the world got injured and Thiago, in his first start for us, got injured for a while.

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"The tight offside disallowed goal; it was complicated but it is the past."

Liverpool's last Merseyside derby may have ended in despair, but Mane has declared he and his teammates will leave everything on the pitch to earn three points and bragging rights from Saturday's evening kick-off.

He said: "We will see what is going to happen and do everything possible to win the game."

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Quizzed on whether it will be another physical battle, Mane added: "For sure, but in the Premier League it’s not just Everton, it’s every single game. It has to be.

"If you want to beat a team, you have to win all of it. Everything in a game. All your challenges, all your battles. Everything if you want to win the game."

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