Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was satisfied with their 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
Ancelotti insists the test his side encountered against their city rivals this weekend will sustain them in the coming months.
“The feeling is good, we wanted to compete and we did,” Ancelotti told evertontv.
“It was a good performance, with good spirit, which was what we needed in this game.
“We showed character, we were able to equalise two times and didn’t lose confidence [either time they fell behind].
“We were down but kept fighting until the end.
“You need to have these kinds of games.
“I said to the players, we could have lost the game [playing this way] and been sad but it wouldn’t have affected our belief for this season or in this moment.
“If the performance was not good, we would have been affected.
“But the performance, in my opinion, was really good.
“We played one of the best teams in Europe and were there to fight at the same level with them, which was very important for us.
“It was a difficult game with a lot of emotion on the bench and I had some words with Jurgen [Klopp].
“But, at the end, we are really satisfied.”