Everton are still chasing a Champions League spot but know beating Manuel Pellegrini’s side would open the door for city rivals Liverpool to then reassert their own championship credentials.
And Martinez is adamant that Everton will be focused solely on winning, aware that they need to keep the pressure on fourth-placed Arsenal, and will not be rolling over to deny Liverpool.
“I always felt the relationship between the two clubs in this city has had incredible chapters and this would be another fascinating one,” said Martinez. “But there is no doubting our integrity towards the league and the competition.
“We want to win every single game we go into. They are precious points for us and we cannot afford not to give everything we have. Helping other teams – that’s not the way we do our work. We are just focused on trying to win for ourselves.
“We are not playing for nothing or making up the numbers. We are not that sort of football club.
“It is important that we are as good as we can be and if it adds twists and turns to the title race so be it. Rivalry in football is essential, but the values we have as a football club we would never contemplate not giving our all because we have so much to play for.
“This will be another exciting chapter and a real example to world football. We are not coming out on the pitch to do anyone a favour we are looking to do well for ourselves.”