Adam Forshaw is looking forward to pitting his wits against his former employers Everton once again this weekend, and the midfielder says Boro have made great strides since the sides last met in September.
 
Forshaw, a graduate of the Everton academy, will be setting loyalties aside come Saturday in a bid to earn Boro's first Premier League win of 2017.
 
"I was at Everton for 13 years and I loved it," he said.
 
"Coming through there gave me my education, and I met some great people.
 
"I'm actually a Liverpool fan but have fond memories of Everton and you don't get many Liverpool fans saying that!
 
"Now I'm living the dream and really enjoying playing in the Premier League. If we can get a win on Saturday then we can kick on for the rest of the season."
 
Forshaw was part of the Boro side beaten 3-1 at Goodison Park earlier in the campaign, but says Boro are confident of a different outcome this time round.
 
"We learnt a lot from the first game. That really showed us what the Premier League is about," he said.
 
"We played really well for half-an-hour, got the lead and they had three chances and scored three goals.
 
"That showed how ruthless the league can be so we'll have to be ready for their threat."
 
One aspect of that threat is Romelu Lukaku, who scored four in Everton's last fixture, against Bournemouth.
 
"He has a lot of good sides to his game being strong, fast and a good finisher," Forshaw said.
 
"We'll have to be on our guard but we are a well organised team.
 
"I think we've always been a strong with the fans behind us and hopefully we can do something."
 
The 25-year-old says Boro are confident of purring a positive run together following a four-day training camp in Benidorm.

"To be honest I don't really look at the table," he said.
 
"As long as we look after ourselves and put the performances in then the points will come.
 
"We all believe in that and if we can turn a few draws into wins then we'll be more than alright."