Danny Murphy has told Talksport that Roberto Martinez must field a full-strength Everton side in Wednesday's Merseyside derby.
The Toffees haven't won a league game since 1 March - a run which now stands at six matches following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton.
And with a second consecutive bottom-half finish on the cards, the FA Cup, in which Everton face Manchester United at the semi-final stage on Saturday, is thought to be the club's priority.
In preparation for a the Toffees' busy week, Martinez rested a number of first team stars for the Saints' visit, with Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and James McCarthy all left out of the Spaniard's starting eleven.
But as far as Murphy's concerned, all those available should return against Liverpool at Anfield.
"Play your full strength team Wednesday," the ex-Reds midfielder advised Martinez on Monday's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. "Go for it - get the win, get everyone happy.
"Winning the derby would be massive for the fans - local pride and all that - and give the players a spring in their step for the Wembley (semi-)final on Saturday.
"Will he do that? I’m not so sure, because I think winning the cup would be monumental for Everton. (It’s) been a long time since they’ve had a trophy."
Seamus Coleman's injury has added to Martinez's problems, while Leighton Baines and Aaron Lennon, who both missed Saturday's draw, are doubts to face Liverpool.
According to Physioroom.com, fellow absentees Phil Jagielka and Tom Cleverley will miss the trip to Anfield and are in a race to be fit for Wembley.