Martinez: 'Everton and Liverpool are similar' - but in what respect?

The 221st meeting between Everton and Liverpool takes place on Saturday and Roberto Martinez thinks that both sides play in a similar fashion.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that both his side and Liverpool share a similar style of football ahead of the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams at Goodison Park since Martinez replaced David Moyes in the Blues dugout, and the Everton boss seems to understand the magnitude of the fixture.

Martinez told the Everton website: ‘I think the two teams are now sharing a similar football style, which is going to make it a really fascinating game of football. I think from every single angle you want to measure a derby game; this one could be as good as any if you are looking throughout the football world.’

Since Martinez has arrived at Goodison Park his side have looked to control the ball for long periods of the game and attempt to take the game to the opposition more readily, as well as pressing the opposition high up the field.

He is right to suggest it is a similar to the way Liverpool play their game, as ever since Brendan Rodgers was appointed manager he wanted his side to ‘rest’ with the ball, but he seems to have been more flexible with that approach depending on who his side are coming up against.

Martinez’s style is one of the reasons that Liverpool discussed the possibility of him being appointed across Stanley Park after Kenny Dalglish’s sacking, when they then ended up with a manager who has a similar way of playing the game.

Overall, it is expected that we will see a couple of technically good football teams trying to control the game and try to dominate possession whilst not being afraid to take the game to the opposition.

The full-backs play high up the field, both sides possess a big threat up front, there’s energy and experience in the midfield as well as a couple of creative players on either side. On paper, Martinez is right to say this could be a fascinating game of football. If you add in the fact that both sides have made strong starts to the season and are relatively close to each other in the table, that adds a little more intrigue.

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