After THIS derby I'm ready for anything; i scored in the superclasico - so bring on the mersey battle.
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RAMIRO FUNES MORI believes he's ready to be thrown into the white-hot Merseyside derby battle - having survived Argentina's volatile Superclasico.
Funes Mori made his first Premier League start in place of injured centre-back John Stones during Monday's thrilling 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion.
While Roberto Martinez is confident Stones will have recovered from a knee injury in time for Sunday's visit of neighbours Liverpool, Funes Mori is on standby to again deputise.
And having featured for former club River Plate in their fierce battles with Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors, the 24-year-old is confident he'll know what to expect.
"I played in lots of derbies," said Funes Mori. "I scored in one and we won the game.
"The atmosphere of those games is very intense, the people are cheering and screaming and it's crazy.
"You feel the adrenaline when you play in those games. People are singing the whole 90 minutes and cheering for their team, you are very nervous and excited and it's very intense at all times."
Asked how the Merseyside derby will compare, Funes Mori added: "It's a Liverpool derby so it's going to be intense.
Everton. "You've got two rivals in the same city. Playing in the River-Boca games means I will maybe be more comfortable playing in the derby.
1.30pm "It'll prepare me for them.
I'd expect it's going to be intense and the adrenaline will be high."
Funes Mori has demonstrated a knack for scoring in big games, having also netted in this year's Copa Libertadores final for River Plate in their 3-0 second leg win over UANL of Mexico.
And the defender said: "I scored 10 goals (in 106 games) during my time at River Plate, for a defender that's a high total.
"Hopefully I can keep that record going at Everton.
"I'm a strong player, and fast.
I'm good in the air and I like to come out of the back playing and use the ball.
v Liverpool Sunday, "I want to work hard here, train hard all the time and help Everton win games. "I am an aggressive player and always like to go hard for every ball. To play in the Argentine league you need to be physically tough.
KO "It's not as intense as the Premier League but it's a hard game."
to come playing Everton v Liverpool Sunday, 1.30pm KO
Mori's former fanbase at River Plate during a derby with Boca Juniors (left)
Ramiro Funes Mori celebrates the win over West Brom on Monday