Roberto Martinez has spoke of an “extra motivation” to beat Liverpool this weekend.
Everton have not won an away fixture against Liverpool for 15 years, a long time. Too long. drawing eight and losing eight of their 16 games and Martinez is keen to end the hoodoo.
Martinez said: “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, but I think this one is building up towards being a very good game.
“The defeat against Crystal Palace, there was something spooky about it. The last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was September 27 so I hope the spookiness carries on at the weekend.”
“It affects (the game) in a positive way in my eyes because the stats are there to be broken and that’s 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. That’s an extra bit of motivation.”