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The Spaniard, who turned down the opportunity to replace Kenny Dalglish at Anfield before Brendan Rodgers took charge, says he is "extremely proud" to be managing the Toffees

Roberto Martinez says he does not regret his decision to turn down the vacant Liverpool job in 2012 and is delighted to be in charge of the Reds' rivals Everton ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby.

The Spaniard was approached by Liverpool owner John W Henry regarding the position in May 2012 but opted to remain at Wigan, with Brendan Rodgers later appointed at Anfield.

Martinez, whose decision was vindicated when he won the FA cup with the Latics the following season, says the Liverpool job did not feel “right” and is glad he now has the chance to manage the Toffees.

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“It’s been a question asked many times,” Martinez told the club's official website.

“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.”

The Toffees have struggled to find the net in their last two games, recording goalless draws against Tottenham and Crystal Palace, but Martinez is confident the side will get amongst the goals soon.

“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,” the Spaniard added.

“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.”

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