For much of this week, the talk on Merseyside has been whether Everton would do their neighbours a favour and get a result against Manchester City.
If Manchester City were to leave Goodison Park on Saturday evening with all three points, they will have cleared a big hurdle towards claiming their second league title in three years, with two home games remaining against Aston Villa at West Ham United. As a result, many people view Everton as Liverpool’s best hope of landing their first league championship in 24 years.
Others have asked if Everton will roll over so their side won’t win the title. But that just goes against everything that Roberto Martinez stands for. He wants to win every football match. There’s no doubt he will have worked on the preparation for the match with Manchester City in the same way as he has done with every opponent so far this season.
Their chances of achieving Champions League qualification are now slim, as they trail Arsenal by five points with two games remaining. But they play before the Gunners this weekend and a win would put the pressure on the Gunners going into their clash with West Bromwich Albion, so who knows what could happen if they apply the pressure?
Roberto Martinez said at his press conference today: “I don’t think there is any doubt over the integrity of our football club towards the league and the competition. We are a football club that wants to win every single game we go into.
“Helping other teams is not the way we do our work. We are only focused on winning for ourselves and setting high standards in every game we go into.”
Both Leon Osman and Steven Naismith have also expressed their desire, as expected, for Everton to overcome City this weekend.
Though it may feel odd for Liverpool fans supporting Everton this weekend, they should not be apprehensive about the effort their neighbours are going to put into this weekend’s game. They should just be looking at the result.