Everton boss Martinez in the firing line after Liverpool mauling

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Horror night for Martinez and Everton
Horror night for Martinez and Everton
Lennon and McCarthy among Everton's beaten stars at Anfield
Lennon and McCarthy among Everton's beaten stars at Anfield

Everton manger Roberto Martinez was pushed to the brink of the sack after his side were humiliated by Liverpool in the 226th Merseyside derby.

Martinez was already under huge pressure heading into the game at Anfield after a hugely disappointing season and the manner of his side's 4-0 defeat saw a fresh wave a calls for him to be fired.

Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho headed in two goals in as many minutes at the end of the first half, with second half strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho completing the rout on a night that saw Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori sent off.

"It was a disaster," admitted Martinez. "A horrible showing that started with the best intentions but ended up with the inability to get the basics right.

"We forgot to defend the box and gave them a soft two-goal lead.

"We got emotional with the red card and from then on Gareth Barry was injured and John Stones was ill, it was a chain reaction. A disaster. An impossible experience."

A talented Everton squad boasting a host of talented performers should not be languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League standings, yet Martinez can save his side's season if they win Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.

"It is a huge game for us on Saturday in the FA Cup which is the only good thing," he added.

"We will be hurting for a long, long time but we need to react quickly for the game on Saturday. We are strong enough to react but we are short at centre-back now."

Martinez looks almost certain to be relieved of his duties if he fails to guide Everton to a Wembley win against United, with David Moyes among the names being linked with a return to his old job at Goodison Park.