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Roberto Martinez was frustrated after Everton's Merseyside derby draw against Liverpool.
Without the postmatch dismissal of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, Sunday's Merseyside derby would have been forgotten quickly, a 1-1 draw the latest in a succession of poor results against Everton's bitter rivals.

On the pitch, two scrappy goals for each side and another poor performance from ref Martin Atkinson -- ignorantly failing to send Lucas off for two bookable offences -- was as interesting as it got.

Atkinson, who has a history of poor decisions in this fixture, brought only disruption...

Brendan Rodgers remains unbeaten against Everton but still in limbo

Liverpool struck first through Danny Ings, but the Merseyside sides ended up sharing the points via a Romelu Lukaku strike.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reviews the front-runners rumoured to be in consideration for Liverpool manager.
The ESPN FC crew discuss how Jurgen Klopp would fit in at Anfield.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Brendan Rodgers' sacking as Liverpool manager following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby against Everton.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol addresses the recent news of Liverpool manger Brendan Rodgers' managerial termination, and notes that the news was to be expected.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says his side could and should have beaten Liverpool, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on Everton's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park on Sunday.

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1. Rodgers' record remains, but future still in doubt

Brendan Rodgers has suffered many chastening defeats over the last year, but he retains one unblemished record: He has never lost a Merseyside derby. Admittedly, he has still only one victory, and a sixth draw in seven meetings with Everton on Sunday served as a microcosm of Liverpool's recent matches.

It was the sixth successive game in which...

In-form Everton primed to deliver Martinez first Merseyside derby win

The ESPN FC crew preview Sunday's rivalry matches throughout football as Everton face Liverpool, Manchester United take on a struggling Arsenal and, by unanimous decision, the FC crew choose Bayern Munich to defeat Borussia Dortmund.

The days building up to the Merseyside derby are fraught with nerves, especially for those on the blue half of city. Years of near-constant misery in this fixture leaves little room for confidence and plenty for the anxiety drawing nearer as the match approaches.

Five years and 10 derbies in all competitions since the last victory, recent contests have not been kind to an Everton side winning just one of the last 17 Premier League meetings with their local rivals. October 2010 is the last time three...

Romelu Lukaku is in top form and poses a threat to Liverpool

The ESPN FC crew preview Sunday's rivalry matches throughout football as Everton face Liverpool, Manchester United take on a struggling Arsenal and, by unanimous decision, the FC crew choose Bayern Munich to defeat Borussia Dortmund.

An inspired performance from Romelu Lukaku helped Everton come from two goals down to win 3-2 at West Brom on Monday night. The Belgian netted twice and provided the assist for Arouna Kone's second-half equaliser as the Toffees' claimed their third league win of the season.

"It shows a good mentality from the team, and I never had the feeling that we would lose the game," Lukaku said after the win. One certainly can't doubt his confidence, but that attitude is backed up by his performance on the...

Sturridge a threat but Everton can trouble Liverpool defence

Brendan Rodgers is grateful that Daniel Sturridge is fit again for Liverpool.

For those on the blue half of Merseyside, the week leading up to the derby is like waiting for the hangman to arrive and tighten the noose. The sense of doom grows as the event nears.

The derby record is as miserable as ever. Five years and 10 matches without a single victory are quite enough for an Everton side with a recent record showing a solitary league win in the last 17 meetings.

There might not be a better time to face Liverpool, though, with manager Brendan Rodgers seemingly one defeat...

 By Steven Kelly

Romelu Lukaku is Liverpool's big fear as Rodgers' men prepare for Everton

Romelu Lukaku is in good form for Everton and one to watch at Goodison Park on Sunday.

It's that time again. After five years of not losing a single Merseyside derby, each successive game is now a nervous, angst-filled nightmare for Liverpool fans.

The law of averages has come knocking once again and the mere thought of Everton supporters filling the streets in celebration is haunting for the Reds.

To prepare for Rate Your Rival, I watched the Blues' 3-2 win over West Brom on Monday, and that wasn't fun in the slightest. It has to be said -- with as much fairness as can be mustered...