Phil Jagielka's stunning equaliser earned a draw in the reverse fixture last September
While the media fawns over what will likely be the last appearance in this fixture for the opposition captain, the Everton boss is only concerned about improving his own team's recent record in the Premier League.
Last weekend's important win at Crystal Palace was the Blues' first since mid-December but it represented the latest positive step forward since the New Year's Day debacle at Hull City.
Aside from the defeat on penalties against West Ham in the FA Cup, Everton are unbeaten since losing 2-0 at the KC Stadium in dismal fashion and come into the Goodison derby in positive mood.
"There is going to be a lot of talk about Gerrard but the only thing that matters to us is to try to use this as a springboard for our season,' Martinez said.
"We picked up a very important win last weekend. The derby comes at the perfect moment for us. It can kick-start our season after the good moment we are sharing."
The Catalan has overseen two draws and one sound defeat against the reds since taking over from David Moyes 20 months ago but he isn't interested in past results or the fact that the Blues haven't won this game since 2009.
"If you want to grow as a team you need a strong rival and a strong rivalry," he continued. "We had that last season. I'm not too concerned about the record for the last 20 years. I'm more concerned about what the record is going to be in the next 20 years."
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1 Posted 05/02/2015 at 23:46:37
2 Posted 06/02/2015 at 01:49:21
3 Posted 06/02/2015 at 02:33:34
So, consider your hook bitten. What the fuck are you talking about?
4 Posted 06/02/2015 at 06:37:08
But, then again, if the Blues play the way we all know them capable of, you never know. It would be great to knock a little smugness out of Rogers... and give Creasehead a proper send-off.
5 Posted 06/02/2015 at 07:15:25
6 Posted 06/02/2015 at 08:00:02
What Martinez meant by 'proper' caused a big debate on ToffeeWeb but he used the word twice to describe Besic yesterday and it's gone completely unreported and unmentioned. Obviously just another word meaninglessly overused by Martinez yet some on here wanted him lynched for it.
7 Posted 06/02/2015 at 08:57:22
8 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:08:20
9 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:15:12
10 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:19:09
THREE....in how many? I have lost count but it must be close to 30 yes? A draw acceptable but I want to WIN.
Play the game sensibly, defend deep so not to get ripped apart by the pace and interchanging movement of the Liverpool attack.
But most importantly play the game with a friggin tempo Everton.
11 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:30:11
Just shows they have no pedigree and even though he isnÂt scouse, no sense of local pride.
12 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:41:58
13 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:41:34
I have been away with work and had no means of purchase for the last few weeks. Gutted.
On another note, I can see a 2-1 win and Lennon scoring the winner, running to the TV camera and grinning like a Cheshire Cat to react to the "miserable" tag he recieved on Twitter.
14 Posted 06/02/2015 at 09:42:28
Lose, of course, especially if we lose badly and we are right back in the manure as is RM. We keep saying that games are pivotal but I really think tomorrow is a Big derby.
15 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:09:34
Let's batter them and spoil the "Gerrard Derby"!!
16 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:04:11
I've got a good feeling about tomorrow. On another note please someone tell me that guard of honor rumor for the slippy twat is false.
17 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:17:36
18 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:18:20
I will take a draw tomorrow, but only if we can knock them out of Europe. Imagine the snide comments about The Europa League if we did that?
Bad losers though, generally make great winners and I don't think we have had a proper bad loser in our squad since Peter Reid left Everton.
19 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:25:09
It could lead to unrest in the ground. Its up to EFC not SKY, for the health and safety of all supporters in the ground, don't allow this to happen, it will backfire, a massive own goal before the game even starts.
Yet to receive a response.
20 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:41:44
21 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:42:05
22 Posted 06/02/2015 at 10:40:27
Here's a list of Liverpool players I've seen who deserved a guard of honour at Goodison.
1) Ian Callaghan
2) And er...
3) That's it.
I hope Rom score the winner 7 minutes into added time and his goal celebration is to put the ball at his feet, then allow himself to 'robbed' of it by Naismith who sets off for goal with it. Then Rom gives chase but does a dead funny and exaggerated slip letting Naismith score.
Then as we're running back for the kick off, every single one of them does a big mad slip.
Final whistle goes and a guard of piss-taking is formed to send that thug on his way.
23 Posted 06/02/2015 at 11:07:47
24 Posted 06/02/2015 at 11:39:02
25 Posted 06/02/2015 at 11:51:24
26 Posted 06/02/2015 at 11:56:18
That's the trouble,see Kev, we'll be rusty...
27 Posted 06/02/2015 at 13:08:30
28 Posted 06/02/2015 at 13:12:04
29 Posted 06/02/2015 at 13:25:42
Cue the biggest fucking cheer you've ever heard.
30 Posted 06/02/2015 at 13:40:30
Eugene at 22 - LOL - Better check my smalls....I think a bit of wee just came out!!!
This guard of honour thing has got luvvie Kenwright written all over it!!
31 Posted 06/02/2015 at 18:11:10
32 Posted 07/02/2015 at 03:27:35
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