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The Toffees manager believes their Merseyside rivals' push for the Premier League can only be a good thing and is certain it will help push his own side forward

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists arch-rivals Liverpool’s surprise push for the Premier League title is "great for the city".

The Reds currently sit in fourth place and moved to within just four points behind leaders Chelsea with a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Fulham on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile Everton, who before the 4-0 derby thrashing appeared to be the biggest challenger for fourth spot, are now eight points adrift of the Anfield outfit in sixth place.

But Martinez believes his side can emulate Liverpool's title challenge and insists the rivalry they share is a positive one.

“It is great for the city," the Spaniard told reporters. "We have got huge rivalry between the two clubs and that is very, very positive.

"It is important that the two teams can be as strong as we can, that we push each other, and hopefully be very successful and strong forces.

"Liverpool this season play a real high intensity game. The first 20 minutes at Anfield is probably the hardest in the league to play.

"They are taking advantage of their outstanding counter-attack and dead-ball situations."

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