Baines happy to avoid Suarez

Everton defender Leighton Baines admits they are grateful to be facing a Luis Suarez-less Liverpool in next week's Merseyside derby.

Yes, we're glad we don't have to face Luis Suarez because he's a top player and he has done so much for Liverpool this season," said the England international.

If they had been missing him this season they probably wouldn't be where they are in the league at the moment. He will be a big loss for them.

But they have got very good players throughout the team and it will be up to them to come to the fore and keep them going.

We understand the importance of it, it is a big game.

– Everton defender Leighton Baines.

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