Everton motivated by derby record, says Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the club’s poor record against Liverpool at Anfield will be added motivation for Saturday’s Merseyside derby, Sky Sports has reported.

Martinez’s first visit to Anfield as Everton manager last season ended in a 4-0 drubbing for the Toffees, the 16th straight game the team has crossed Stanley Park and returned with a defeat. Despite the weight of history – and the poor form on the back of which Everton enter the tie, conceding six goals in two games against Crystal Palace and Swansea City – Martinez is staying positive.

“It affects the game in a positive way in my eyes, because the stats are there to be broken,” he said. “That is something we need to make sure we embrace and we look forward to.

“We know that it’s a difficult place to visit but there are many other difficult places in this league that we’ve gone to and changed the history,” Martinez continued. “That’s an extra bit of motivation.

“The game is going to be really exciting, I think it’s going to be one of the best derbies. The last two were very good from a technical point of view and very good football games, and I think this one is building up towards being a very good game.”

Everton have this season conceded 17 goals in seven games – 13 in five in the Premier League, three in the League Cup and one in the Europa League. They go into the fixture in 14th place with five points from five games, trailing Liverpool by three places and a point.

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