And Barnes is wary of the improvement the Toffees have made.
“Everton have not been in form in recent years so we have gone into the game as clearly the better team,” he added.
“Much as we are a good team now, Everton are in better form than they were so I think it will be a much closer game.
“But I am optimistic.”
Liverpool are in Champions League action first though, as they face a difficult task away to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.