Liverpool legend prefer Reds share points in derby than win the League


Legendary Liverpool striker believes it would be a 'real shame' to see Everton relegated from the Premier League this season

The two sides will go head-to-head in the Merseyside derby this Sunday, with the visitors at risk of dropping into the bottom three depending on how Burnley fare against Watford.

Much has been made about what going down would mean for both the Blues and Liverpool as a city, and Rush has no doubt relegation would represent a sad moment.

"I’ve heard a few people say they’d love to see Everton go down but I don’t, personally. For the city of Liverpool, it would be a real shame to lose the Merseyside derby even if it was only for one Premier League season. I would be sad if they got relegated and I’m sure there’s a lot of other Liverpool fans out there who’d feel the same, because it would take something special away from next season," Rush told

"Everyone looks for the derby dates once the new season fixtures are announced, imagine the fans not being able to do that? Sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for. It would also be sad for football given how long Everton have been in the top flight.

"The manner of their last-gasp 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday will give them a confidence boost heading in to the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

"Had they lost, they'd have been down on their luck and probably would have been dreading a trip to Anfield after seeing what Liverpool did to Manchester United on Tuesday.

"There's a bit of daylight between themselves and Burnley now so they have some breathing space and that should ease the pressure on the players."

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