"You ask a question, I say, "Yes, I think they are ready, but we have to prove it on Sunday". "But no, I don't see any problems in midfield, to be honest".
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.
"Since I am in (at Liverpool) Everton was always really busy but now it's the best-tuned squad".
"Bringing one player in would change everything?" Last year already [Theo] Walcott came in, this year Bernard came in, [Andre] Gomes, [Yerry] Mina.
"He's a very good player with a lot of quality who can arrive well in the box, like I like".
Liverpool have played 18 games in both competitions to date, with Firmino and Mohamed Salah having featured in every one of them. But everything is there.
"And, of course, England's No.1 in the goal, so that's a really proper squad".
Adam Lallana was due to resume training on Thursday after recovering from a muscle injury but the midfielder is unlikely to be risked against Everton while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is obviously still out as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery.
"It looks like they've all bought into it, but we know they're maybe a different team to the ones we faced last season and it'll be a tougher game. We want to win the match and nothing more". "And in the best case, against the same opponent again".
"The form kind of goes out of the window but it's the confidence we can take, and they can take as well, from the last six or seven games", the Scotland captain said. We are used to that.
'If the team gives us the opportunity to do it we will still be there with the counter-press.
"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 don't tell my boys to do one thing and then tell them publicly to do another thing".