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JOHN HEITINGA wants to pile more misery on Liverpool when Everton host the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison this weekend.
The Blues stunned their Kop rivals by nipping ahead of the Reds to finish seventh in the Premier League last term.
And, after David Moyes’ boys got off to a blistering start this time around, they could move NINE points clear of the Reds after just nine games.
It has been more than two years since Everton last tasted victory in a derby.
Dutch star Heitinga refuses to believe that Everton are favourites for the clash despite their improved opening to the campaign. But he admits he’s hoping to heap the pressure on the Blues’ bitter rivals.
“I can’t wait until Sunday because it’s the biggest game of the year in my eyes,” said Heitinga.
“It’s a home game as well and if you take a look at the table, if we win there’ll be a big gap between us and Liverpool.
“I’m not talking about us being favourites because this is a game that is different to other league games because it’s a big derby match and the stadiums are not far from each other – there is pretty much just a park between the two grounds.
“In games like this there are some different emotions that come up into your body.”
Heitinga maintains he’s not bothered about Moyes using a rotation system at the back this term.
Phil Jagielka has been a constant starter for the Goodison chief – who said the stopper produced the display of an England star in the 1-1 draw at QPR.
But Heitinga and Sylvain Distin have had to be content with sharing the spot beside Jags.
Heitinga, 28, played in the last World Cup final for Holland but now has to put up with not being a regular for the Goodison Park outfit.
But he insists he isn’t too concerned about the situation.
He added: “I’m not frustrated. We’ve got three really good centre-halves at the club. The manager spoke with all three of us and told us we were all