Liverpool legend Ian Rush on ‘the Klopp factor’ and ‘defining week’ for Martinez

first_imgLiverpool legend Ian Rush has shared his thoughts on a ‘defining week’ for Everton boss Roberto Martinez ahead of back-to-back derbies against the Reds and Manchester United.The Spaniard has come under-fire from fans this season for the side’s inconsistent performances and poor defensive form, with the ‘Martinez Out’ brigade out in full force in recent weeks.But the under-pressure boss has the chance to redeem himself against two of the club’s biggest local rivals, with Everton facing Liverpool and United in the space of five days.The Toffees take the short trip to Anfield on Wednesday for the season’s second Merseyside derby, and they follow that with an FA Cup semi-final against the Red Devils at Goodison Park.“He’s got to play a strong side,” Rush said when asked about Everton’s recent form. “You’ve got to think of the supporters.“It’s a defining week for Martinez, playing the club’s two biggest rivals in the next five games, so I think he has to put a strong squad out.“If they can beat Liverpool that will give them loads of confidence going into the Man United game.”Tune into talkSPORT from 8pm for EXCLUSIVE live commentary of Liverpool v Everton!last_img

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