And he thinks they have the footballing defenders to do it.
The Italian head coach sends the Seagulls to Liverpool for the first time today (15:00).
He trained with a full squad for the first time yesterday as key players returned from international duty.
Albion stunned the Kop with a 2-2 draw that could have been even better almost a year ago.
They had previously won 1-0 behind closed doors at Liverpool.
When asked what his last words would be when his side came out at Anfield, De Zerbi said: “Courage!
“Courage is a word I use often. courage and joy.
“We know we have good players and we’re fine, but it’s crucial to be brave, have guts and enjoy playing football, especially against top teams.”
De Zerbi did his homework on Albion before securing the job as Graham Potter’s successor.
But he says he was even more impressed with the players when he saw them in training.
He said: “Potter’s style of play is a bit different than mine when you look at the ball possession phase. What surprised me are the three defenders (Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, pictured, and Adam Webster) because they can play with the ball a lot more than before.
“Dunk, for example, is a fantastic defender, but I’m talking about his skills because maybe it wasn’t that clear from the videos and the games I analyzed.
“But of course over time I will get to know each player much better because two or three training sessions are not enough to fully understand him.”
De Zerbi sees Anfield as a suitable stage for his first Prem game.
He said: “I’ve never been there in person. But everyone around the world knows what the atmosphere is like at Anfield.
“So I take it as a gift to go there in my first game.”
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