​Everton manager Marco Silva has insisted that his side can get a result in Wednesday night's Merseyside derby against Liverpool despite their terrible recent form.

The Toffees currently sit 17th in the Premier League table despite a summer spending spree of over £100m, sparking rumours that Marco Silva could be sacked if they lose again.

The last fixture the former ​Hull City and ​Watford boss would have wanted, then, is an away game against league leaders ​Liverpool, who ​Everton have not beaten at Anfield since 1999.

Speaking to press ahead of the fixture, Silva remained bullish about his side's chances of claiming an unlikely victory.

“We have to look at the game as a good opportunity and do something the club did not do for 20 years,” said Silva, quoted in The ​Telegraph“OK, it is a tough game. They are in a very, very good moment and maybe they are the toughest opponent we can face.

"You can look at it this way or the other way: it is a good opportunity for us in a special game. I like the special games and my players and our fans have to like the special games too. I know the derby record in the past did not give us a good feeling but we have to go there and embrace the challenge, to enjoy it."

Everton were very unlucky to lose the fixture last year, when a 95th minute Jordan Pickford error allowed Divock Origi to snatch a late winner, and Silva admitted that he is hopeful that his side can take the positives from that game. 

Jordan Pickford,Divock Origi

"If you ask me what is the main thing I want, it is for the players to perform like we did there last season. We did almost everything good in last season's game apart from that last minute but we embraced that game and went face-to-face with them.

"I don't want to be unfair on anyone but it is possible that was one of the best derbies of the last few seasons and that is the type of performance I want to see from us again.”