'Everything is for Everton' - Sean Dyche explains Jurgen Klopp shift before crucial derby

Everton manager Sean Dyche during the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest

Everton manager Sean Dyche believes the motivation should be there for his side to win any Merseyside Derby rather than just putting a dent in Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.

A 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday boosted Everton’s chances of beating the drop but with survival yet to be secured, the Blues boss is unconcerned over the prospect of putting a spoke in the wheels of the Reds’ aspiration to be champions. Dyche said: “I’ve been speaking about this a lot – you would hope the motivation is there for every game. That should be the case for our players and for Everton Football Club.

“That is what we have been working towards but of course it has a little bit of extra feeling, of course it does.

“Derbies across the country, I've played in them, I've managed in them, this one I have managed only two, both away, so obviously I've not experienced the home yet, of course it means more but the point is you are hoping to get to a consistent level of performance where every game you are taking it on is. But [in a derby] of course the noise changes, the players you know what they get, the feel of the game does change.”

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While Dyche respects the achievements of Jurgen Klopp ahead of what will be the Liverpool manager’s final Merseyside Derby, he admits he isn’t close enough to the German to think he’ll miss him when he’s gone. The 52-year-old said: “Well, I don't know him.

“I know him on professional terms and I just think he has done a brilliant job. That's it.

“My respect for him is massive for him. It is for every manager because the one thing I know about being management is that it is really difficult, way more difficult than people think.

“It doesn't matter if you manage a small club or a big club it is really difficult. But when you to have to re-build things like he has and he has been at each of his [three] clubs a while – five, six, seven years at each club – and is over a thousand game manager and still only 56 that is remarkable really for such a young manger to have to have amassed over 1,000 games.

“You know in the LMA there is a 1,000 game club and there are not many in there. So that tallied up with winning things, means the respect is there but that respect goes massively out of the window every time that whistle blows whether I was the manager at Burnley or now the manager of Everton.

“That's the way I have always worked. Absolute respect but once that whistle blows everything is for Everton Football Club, me, the staff, the team and the fans.”

Ahead of what is his first derby at Goodison Park as Everton manager, Dyche is hoping the home fans can play their part to inspire his side like they did against Nottingham Forest last time out. He said: “They certainly made a difference on Sunday, especially after the week we’d had.

“It was a very tough week on me, it was a very tough week on the staff and the players and the fans who travelled down to Chelsea. I don’t want to keep harping on about that but it was a very important reaction to that week from the players but also from the fans.

“To stick to task and go ‘right, okay, we’ve got to push that aside because these are really important games,’ you can’t ask for any more than that. We took the heat, I took the heat because it wasn’t good enough, it’s as simple as that.

“But then you can ask for a reaction and there was one. At least they gave the breathing room for the reaction to happen and that’s not easy for fans sometimes.

“I’ve massive respect for that because the team needed that first bit of the game on Sunday to have room to get it up and running. If it starts too early from the fanbase going the wrong way, it gets more and more difficult.

“But the fans just started in really good voice, really positively and stayed with the course of the team until we scored and then scored again. After that, the rest looked after itself.

“That’s a really important factor and that is absolutely appreciated by all who are involved – me, the staff and the players. We know it wasn’t good enough the week before and we had to give a response but to allow that window for the team, to give them a breather to see if they can respond, that’s really, really important for the fanbase so that is absolutely respected.”

Everton haven’t beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park since a 2-0 triumph on October 17, 2010, before Dyche had even started his managerial career and was working as number two to Malky Mackay at Watford. While he admits that’s a fair old stretch for loyal but long-suffering Blues fans to wait, he is determined for his players to rise to the occasion.

Dyche said: “Since I’ve been here I’ve been reminded of that a few times. It’s a challenge, the stats are there for a reason, it’s a challenge but it’s a good challenge to have.

“We’ve just come off an important result, we’re back at Goodison and the fans are in good voice, it’s a great opportunity again to take it on. That’s all I’m looking for, a performance that can take on the game and win.

“It’s not easy but you’ve got to have the mindset to go: ‘Right, let’s just take the performance on and forget about all the stories of the past and take this performance on.’”

In terms of the changing nature of Merseyside Derbies, Kettering-born Dyche, who recalls the Wembley finals between the two clubs in the 1980s, added: “I’m learning, I’m pretty new to it but from my viewpoint from a distance I remember the mixed crowds and they’d be interviewing the two neighbours who lived next to each other. Unfortunately, in a sad way, that doesn’t happen anymore does it?

“That’s part of our lives, that’s all changed. I grew up and remember the Wembley finals with the blue and the red everywhere.

“The underlying rivalry was always there of course but now it’s just more obvious isn’t it? That’s just that society has changed like that, I don’t think that’s anyone’s particular fault, it’s just the way life is.”