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Everton have not beaten Liverpool in 10 years but Carlo Ancelotti's derby record gives them hope

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Everton fans have lost hope somewhat over the last 10 years as they chase that illusive Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool but Saturday's clash represents a real chance to change their fortunes.

In Carlo Ancelotti, Everton finally feel like they've got a boss who can lead their team to victory against their bitter rivals after a decade of hurt, and it's easy to see why.

The experienced and well-travelled Ancelotti is a three-time Champions League winner and has an excellent record in local derbies - no wonder there is so much optimism coming out of the Blue side of Merseyside ahead of Saturday's derby.

So far Ancelotti has faced Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool twice since taking charge of Everton, losing to a Curtis Jones screamer in their third-round FA Cup clash before holding the Premier League champions-elect to a goalless draw in June.But there is a renewed sense of hope for Everton after the marquee summer signings of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Allan from Napoli - two players who have helped ensure a perfect start to the season which sees Everton top of the table after four games.

The former Madrid, Juventus and Milan manager has witnessed some of the most passionate derbies in Europe first-hand as a player and a manager and the significance of Everton's record against Liverpool will not be lost on him.

Takes a look at some of Ancelotti's most significant derby encounters to date....Juventus 3-2 Torino, Serie A, March 19, 2000.Ancelotti's first proper cross-city derby success came at Juventus during the Derby della Mole against Torino after managing Reggiana and Parma.

Chelsea 3-0 Spurs, Premier League, 20th September 2009.This was the game which established Ancelotti's Chelsea as a genuine force to be reckoned with during the Italian's first managerial stint abroad.Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba all scored as the Blues sunk Harry Redknapp's Spurs and set a club record 11th straight Premier League win - later bettered by Antonio Conte's side in 2017.Ancelotti's attack-minded team would go on to make even more history with a 103-goal season - aided in no small part by Drogba's 29 goals and 10 assists - which culminated in a league and FA Cup double.

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