Derby defeats don’t come much more emphatically than Liverpool’s 4-0 dismantling of Everton at Anfield on Tuesday night (Jan. 28). The Toffees will be looking to bounce back at Goodison Park against Aston Villa this weekend, and there are a few tweaks Roberto Martinez must make if Everton are going to get back in the hunt for Champions League football and put that derby nightmare behind them
Liverpool are now four points clear of Everton in that fourth and final Champions League berth, and whilst Tuesday night may have felt like the world caving in for those of a blue persuasion, all is not lost quite yet in their pursuit of European football.
A win against the visitors from the Midlands would put Martinez’s team within one point of their Merseyside rivals, with Brendan Rodgers’ side facing a difficult trip to West Brom on Sunday.
In years past, Everton have typically bounced back from their annual dose of Anfield heartbreak to finish the season with a swagger. But Villa have a very decent record at Goodison Park and will be looking to build on their own decent form.
A win and a good performance to boot against a dangerous Aston Villa side would be the perfect remedy to alleviate that derby hangover, and here’s how Martinez can help lift spirits for those in the blue half of Merseyside...