Gibson fires warning to Reds
Darren Gibson has warned Liverpool to expect a very different Everton side than the one they faced in the Merseyside derby at the start of March.
Last Updated: 28/03/12 3:31pm
Darron Gibson has warned Liverpool to expect a very different Everton side than the one they faced in the Merseyside derby at the start of March.
A much-changed Toffees side lost 3-0 at Anfield as Steven Gerrard netted a hat-trick for the Reds.
David Moyes had rested six players for the midweek league encounter, with an eye on their Saturday lunch-time game with Sunderland in the FA Cup.
That clash went to a replay which Everton won 2-0 on Tuesday night to book a semi-final derby with Liverpool at Wembley next month.
And January arrival Gibson insists his new team will be a very different prospect for the Reds at the iconic stadium
"I was at the derby and it was disappointing. Now we've got to forget about that," the Republic of Ireland international told the Liverpool Echo.
"It'll be a different prospect for them, probably our strongest side. We've worked all week on our game plan and we came here and pulled it off, playing really well.
"The work we put in this week meant we knew exactly what everyone had to do, and it paid off from the back to the front.
"We made chances too, which was the main thing and Niki (Jelavic) took his goals well.
"Obviously the first game we started off a bit slowly and didn't play the way we could have. I still think we were the better team but we didn't quite show it.
"We knew we had to press them to get anywhere, and right from the back we hassled them well."
The victory at the Stadium of Light means that Gibson is still yet to taste defeat in an Everton shirt after his move from Manchester United.
"I'm really enjoying it - that's the reason I came here. I knew Everton was a massive club and I knew they had the potential to go on and get to these occasions but the semi-final being a derby makes it a lot bigger. We're all looking forward to it," he added.
"Coming from not playing to playing every week I wasn't really sure what to expect. I didn't know whether the manager would put me straight in, but luckily he has and we've got good results.
"Hopefully once I've settled in there will be more to come, and more goals."