VIDEO: Rodgers, Martinez meet media ahead of Merseyside Derby

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This weekend’s slate of Premier League matches kicks off with a doozy: the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool at Anfield, and the rival managers spoke to their teams issues heading into the match.

Brendan Rodgers (above video) has watched as his Liverpool side fall to Aston Villa and West Ham United in consecutive weeks before a marathon League Cup match against Middlesbrough at midweek, and is hoping to have a decisive win to help his team get back on UEFA Champions League track.

He also answered questions on Raheem Sterling’s freshness after 120 minutes-plus of tournament play.

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Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez is in a funk he didn’t see coming, either. Last season’s darlings have just five points from as many matches, sitting a point below No. 11 Liverpool.

Martinez said, “We are a confident side,” and thinks Everton’s failings have had to do with a lack of focus, concentration and communication. He maintains that the club’s focus is on winning games, not keeping clean sheets.