Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists he has no regrets about missing out on the Liverpool job before Brendan Rodgers was appointed.
In May 2012, while still at Wigan, Martinez held talks with Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry after Kenny Dalglish was sacked.
But the job subsequently went to Rodgers, who agreed to leave Swansea to take over at Anfield, with Martinez staying at Wigan.
The Catalan guided the Latics to the FA Cup in 2013, but was unable to prevent relegation and left to replace Manchester United-bound David Moyes at Goodison Park in June.
He will face his first Merseyside derby on Saturday when Liverpool visit in the Premier League.
The Everton manager told his club’s official website: “It's been a question asked many times. Things in life happen for a reason and it was well-documented that summer. It was a time of trying to find out what was next from my point of view and Wigan Athletic at that time.
“Everything ended up that it wasn't the right time or the right move. I always believe everything in football and life happens for a reason and I am extremely proud and honoured to be manager of Everton.”
Martinez claimed in August 2012 that he was actually offered the job at Anfield, although Liverpool chairman Tom Werner claimed that was not the case and has maintained that the only candidate to receive such an offer was Rodgers.
Martinez, meanwhile, insists that he is not concerned about a lack of goals as he prepares for the derby. Everton have drawn their last two Premier League games 0-0 -- against Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
But Martinez told the Liverpool Echo: “We’ve got goals in the side. I’m not worried about that at all, and the more our players grow together the goals will come.
“It’s not just the strikers, it needs to be throughout the team. We are better now than we were in August but we need to get better again.
“The goalscoring ability of a team is very important. You are going to be successful in a season if you are solid defensively and have a threat of scoring goals.”