Everton v Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers frustrated with referees

By Ben SmithBBC Sport
Rodgers and Moyes relishing derby day

Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his frustration at refereeing decisions he feels have gone against Liverpool this season.

The Reds manager expressed a hope that the club's luck will change during Sunday's Merseyside derby.

Everton have made the better start to the season but Rodgers believes the officials have not helped his side.

"We haven't got anything this year. I have got to be honest, that is incredible," Rodgers said.

The Liverpool manager is facing his first Merseyside derby since taking charge when the city's great rivals meet at Goodison Park on Sunday lunchtime. Only one Liverpool manager has won his first derby visit at Goodison - Kenny Dalglish.

Rodgers admits handling the occasion and the atmosphere is equally important for the players as it is referee Andre Marriner.

"These are real firecrackers of games, with a lot of passion and intensity, which they should be because that is what rivalries are all about," he added.

"But it is also important to stay calm. I think the referee has a big part to play in that. The history of it shows there has been a lot of red cards but I hope that this weekend we might start to get a decision that goes our way for once.

"The Merseyside derby is a terrific game full of passion, full of quality. I hope the referee, Andre, can really ensure everything is in control and the football is what is talked about."

With Pepe Reina back in training and in contention for a place in the side there is an air of confidence about the Anfield outfit after three successive clean sheets and two victories on the spin.

"We are due a wee bit of luck somewhere along the line, so let's hope it starts at the weekend," he said.