Premier League: Everton manager Roberto Martinez says poor record at Anfield is extra motivation

Everton manager Roberto Martinez during a training session at Finch Farm, Liverpool.
Image: Roberto Martinez: Thinks Saturday's derby will be a great occasion

Manager Roberto Martinez believes his Everton team can get their first victory at Anfield for 15 years this Saturday.

Everton have played 16 matches at Liverpool since their last success, drawing eight and losing eight, but Martinez sees the winless run as a motivational tool.

"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.

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

"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. 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 go into the match on the back of a 3-2 home defeat by Crystal Palace, an exact replica of the result when the Eagles visited in April.

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And Martinez reflected: “The defeat against Crystal Palace, there was something spooky about it.

“The last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was 27 September, so I hope the spookiness carries on at the weekend."

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Everton’s somewhat disappointing start to the campaign continued when they lost 3-0 to Swansea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Martinez said: “The game at the weekend will test us to the maximum. It's going to be a really good occasion and one of the most exciting games of this campaign.

"It's still only three points but three points are becoming very important for both sides after we dropped points.

“It's really important to start getting a consistent run of results."

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