Everton go to Anfield in good form and on the back of a decent away showing at Chelsea which will boost confidence, while the home win over Cardiff won't do any harm either.
Liverpool's loss to Paris-Saint-Germain at the Parcs des Princes this week has left the Reds teetering on the brink of dropping out of the Champions League altogether and staring the lesser Europa League directly in the face. The development and improvement is obvious.
"It will not be the most easy game in the world but no-one expects that in a derby and we shouldn't do that this time so we will not".
"I get that you have to write about things, no problem, but write it and don't ask me about it because I'm not interested about it, I don't think about it and I can't answer it".
Significantly, two of Everton's three defeats have come when Richarlison has been missing from Silva's line-up, an indication of his importance to his new team's style of play.
Liverpool have played 18 games in both competitions to date, with Firmino and Mohamed Salah having featured in every one of them. "We have to prove it", he said.
Under Marco Silva, Everton are one of the most improved teams in the league - but his first Merseyside derby is a very different test for him.
Silva said Sunday's clash would be a "special match" but cautioned against over-hyping the occasion. If they want to say something particular about me. No.
On the subject of Henderson's absence, he dismissed any notion that will was a "problem", stressing-as he did after the win at Vicarage Road-that they had time to find a solution.
It could be very good for us.
While Coleman did not excel himself at Old Trafford, it must be pointed out that Theo Walcott didn't offer much by way of defensive cover, leaving his team-mate exposed one against one with one of the most exciting wingers in the Premier League.
Those results lifted Everton to sixth in the table with 22 points, one of their best starts to a league campaign in decades.