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

The two Merseyside teams have not started in the best of forms and are currently sitting in the wrong end of the table. Everton have also played 16 matches at Liverpool since they last managed to nick a win- they’ve drawn eight and lost eight games. Everton boss Roberto 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.

“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

And Martinez reflected on the game, “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.”

Everton’s disappointing start to the campaign continued when they lost 3-0 to Swansea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and they go into this game at the back of two defeats. While Liverpool also lost their last PL match to West Ham, they managed a win over Middlesbrough in the League Cup game, a result that would have filled the younger guys in the team with confidence.

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.”