Everton shot stopper Tim Howard has stated that he thinks he already has a personal edge over current Lille striker Divock Origi, as reported by the Daily Star.
Origi signed for Liverpool during the summer after a successful World Cup with the Belgian national side, but he was immediately loaned back to Lille for the season after his transfer was completed.
Howard and Origi have already faced off, with the American goalkeeper responsible for a string of excellent saves that stopped the striker from converting against him at the competition in Brazil.
Howard made seven saves from the £10 million man in the clash, before ultimately conceding to Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, giving Belgium a 2-1 win.
However, with Howard once again set to face off against Origi in the Europa League tonight, he is hopeful that the player will remember his struggles against him in the summer.
Howard said: “The psychological effect is probably more so for strikers.
“It’s easier for them when maybe they’ve had success before. For goalkeepers it’s just another day and you have to go again.
“I think I know what he likes to do but it doesn’t mean I’m always capable of stopping it.
“But sure he’s a good player, I had a little bit of success against him and hopefully I can do it again but we’ll see.”