Martinez: Wrong time to face Reds

BY foxsports • February 11, 2011

Next up are rejuvenated Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and Martinez admits it is not the best time to face the Kenny Dalglish-inspired Reds. Saturday's match is followed by further league games against Manchester United and Manchester City, two teams with aspirations of the title. Despite their victory against Blackburn last weekend it would appear to be a daunting schedule for Wigan, who lie third bottom of the table. Martinez remains upbeat, however. He said: "We can open teams up and have a pattern of play that allows us to create chances. It is just a matter of taking them. We have scored six goals in our last two league games and that is a very good return. It is very encouraging and pleasing. "The players are very focused on bringing success to Wigan. That is their collective aim. There is a real understanding in the camp we need to focus on ourselves. "If we perform at our best we are capable of getting points against anyone. We are not looking at the opposition so much, just looking at ourselves." Martinez accepts that Liverpool are dangerous opposition now with Kenny Dalglish at the helm. Dalglish has steered the team to four successive victories - the latest against Chelsea - and in sight of a Champions League place after replacing Roy Hodgson. Martinez said: "It has been fascinating watching the transition at Liverpool. To get four straight wins in the league is difficult enough, to do it in the manner they did against Chelsea is something only special people can achieve. "If you look at Kenny Dalglish he has pulled the whole club together. He has got the best out of the players and there is a real positive feeling with his dealings in the January transfer window. "It seems the club is galvanised and it is probably the wrong time to play them." Martinez added: "When I arrived in this country in 1995 (to play for Wigan) he had just won the league with Blackburn. "Now it is great to see him back with the club turning it around and making it a very difficult team to play against. We will have to be ready as Anfield is a glamorous place. "You remember Kenny being the architect of the great Liverpool sides when he was playing. But let's forget those memories, I want to concentrate on going to Anfield and performing."

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