Everton manager Roberto Martinez has urged his players to ruin Liverpool star Steven Gerrard's final Merseyside derby by sealing three points on Saturday.
The Reds visit Goodison Park as they take on their local rivals in the Premier League tie this weekend. The former England international already confirmed his decision to leave Anfield at the end of the season and has agreed a deal to join Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy on a free transfer in the summer.
Liverpool's clash against Everton will be Gerarrd's last Merseyside derby. The Toffees registered their first victory of the calendar year against Crystal Palace and Martinez is hopeful a victory over their arch-rivals will kick-start their season.
"There is going to be a lot of talk about Gerrard but the only thing that matters to us is to try to use this as a springboard for our season," Martinez said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"We picked up a very important win last weekend. The derby comes at the perfect moment for us. It can kick-start our season after the good moment we are sharing."
"If you want to grow as a team you need a strong rival and a strong rivalry. We had that last season. I'm not too concerned about the record for the last 20 years. I'm more concerned about what the record is going to be in the next 20 years," the former Wigan manager added.
Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has admitted that he is raring to go for the Toffees' upcoming fixture at home and is hopeful that his side register a win over Liverpool on Saturday.
"I can't wait for the game. It's going to be a massive game and it's a big three points that we need," Barkley told Everton's official website.
"Derbies mean everything. When the Blues get three points against the Reds obviously it's great for all the fans, getting to put one over on them."
"My first derby was the 3-3 draw last season. The crowd are behind you and you need to put in a performance because you are playing against your local rivals," the England midfielder concluded.