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Roberto's Kit Room Insight

Boss reveals staff’s anecdotes have helped his preparations.

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Roberto Martinez has revealed how Everton's kit room staff sharing their derby stories has helped him prepare for Saturday's showdown.

The Blues take on Liverpool for the first time under Martinez and the Spaniard has quickly accustomed himself to life and the fans at Goodison Park.

And having admitted his past experience of the South Wales derby doesn't match up to the magnitude of the Merseyside meeting, the Spaniard says the likes of kitmen Jimmy Martin and Tony Sage have provided a thorough education.

Martinez said: “Without knowing it they’ve been very helpful this week. I've heard many stories, especially from the kit room, about the history of the club and I know that the Merseyside derby is special and unique.

"They've been through many derbies and many experiences and it's good to have that insight and to know that the museum that is our kit room at Finch Farm is working well.

"It’s not the technical aspects of the game or things to do with football. It’s more what it means, the history of it and the passion.

“We’ve got incredible people here who love the football club and it’s been really refreshing and helpful to get an insight from them.

“From the outside in the past, I’ve always been intrigued at how you have Blues and Reds in the city and they develop that competitive edge from childhood.

“The way to find that is go into the kit room. They told me it’s more than a game. That it can be significant for players who do something in the derby then had a great platform at the club.

“It’s certain aspects that have nothing to do with a normal game. It’s what it means to the fans and how we can use that to our advantage.

“I can tell it’s going to be special. It’s quite unique as a game and I’m really excited.”

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