Kewell's derby shock
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The two old rivals will contest the 170th meeting between the sides at Anfield on Saturday and Kewell will be a main danger man for The Reds.
The Australian admits that growing up Down Under, he had no idea just how big the derby game was.
"When I was growing up I didn't really know anything about these things - Liverpool and Everton, Celtic against Rangers, Real Madrid and Barcelona," said Kewell.
"I didn't know a thing about any of them. But it is a big thing for the players and a big thing for the city.
"The State of Origin back home is definitely as big. In Australia, when any state comes together to play each other it is huge."
Kewell scored in his first derby appearance at Goodison Park this season, as Gerard Houllier's men won 3-0, and the red half of the city will be hoping for a repeat of that result.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard will start his first derby as Liverpool's permanent skipper and, in stark comparison to Kewell, he knows all about the fixture.
The boyhood Red knows exactly what it means to the fans and is relishing the battle with the old enemy.
"I am very proud to be captain of Liverpool. I think it is everyone's dream to captain the club they supported and as a local lad it means even more to me," said Gerrard.
"It was a great experience to be captain in last year's derby and it will be even better at Anfield.
"I always looked forward to the Merseyside derbies when I was a kid. They always stuck out because there are Liverpool and Everton fans throughout my family."