Everton's Roberto Martinez not worried by returning Liverpool star

Roberto Martinez

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge made a goal scoring return to action last weekend.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is unnerved at the prospect of his side facing Liverpool goal scorer Daniel Sturridge this weekend, the Daily Star report.

The England international has been absent for much of the Reds’ season through injury but made a goal scoring comeback in the 2-0 win over West Ham United last Saturday.

This weekend, Brendan Rodgers’ men take the short trip to Merseyside neighbours Everton in what can only be described as highly-anticipated derby clash between two teams looking to play football.

The Toffees have been largely inconsistent this season, with their normally rock-solid defence proving on occasions to be anything but as they head into the match having conceded 34 goals in 23 encounters.

The thought of lining up against Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and now Daniel Sturridge isn’t exactly comforting, yet Martinez remains in confident mood and admits the latter’s return doesn’t worry him.

"You can only play with 11. People can focus too much on one player. If they could play with 11 plus Sturridge, then I would be worried,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

The Spanish boss, however, did concede that the Toffees’ Merseyside rivals possess quality throughout and pointed to their huge summer spending spree as proof of their squad depth.

"They have real quality and when you look at the money they spent, over £100m, you are not going to get bad players in their squad."

Still, as the old saying goes, football isn’t played on paper and Martinez’s side’s recent form points to the opinion that they are beginning to rediscover their best from last season.

A late Phil Jagielka belter secured a 1-1 draw between these two in the corresponding fixture at Anfield and both clubs will be eager to settle scores this time around and claim the season’s local bragging rights.

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