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Everton play hosts to Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday as the Toffees look to move closer to the top four.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez in his first year as Everton's manager has led his club to a 5-5-1 start. With the top of the table so tightly packed Everton find themselves five points behind front-running Arsenal and one of two teams with only one league loss.
Everton are entering the match on a four game unbeaten streak, but goals have been hard to come by. Still Martinez is confident that is team will find the right balance and begin to score goals.
"To be able to keep clean sheets is always a very important part of play," Martinez told reporters during a press conference. "I think we're developing into a team that is now able to get into the final third really often with a very good threat."
"The next step is to use that to our advantage and make sure we get good goals. That's just a natural process," he added.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' focus is on the league title, but he must not overlook his opponents for this Merseyside derby given that he lost both matches last season. The Reds enter the match two points behind Arsenal and in sole possession of second place.
Liverpool have leaned heavily on their attacking duo of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez who have combined for 16 of Liverpool's 21 goals this season. Everton should be wary of Suarez given that he has three goals and two assists in his four matches versus the Toffees.
History is also on the Red's side with Liverpool having won 88 head-to-head matches compared to Everton's 66 with the duo splitting points on 66 other occasions. Liverpool last lost to Everton in 2010.
Kick off for the match is at 7:45 a.m. ET and can be watched online here.