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VIDEO: Everton FC look ahead to new season

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is being given a selection headache for his first Barclays Premier League game in charge of Everton by his four strikers.

Martinez signed Arouna Kone from former club Wigan to join Nikica Jelavic, Victor Anichebe and 21-year-old Apostolos Vellios, and the Spaniard expects all of them to play a big part this season.

Martinez says: "That's the type of decision you always want. When you've got three or four options to play up front, that's a great position to be in as a manager.

But despite the transfer window still being open, he's focusing on this weekend.


VIDEO: Liverpool FC look ahead to new season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side will not be distracted by the ongoing Luis Suarez transfer saga as they prepare to get their Barclays Premier League challenge under way.

The Reds kick off the new Premier League season against Stoke with the future of their want-away striker - hotly and publicly pursued by Arsenal - still uncertain.

But Rodgers has backed his side to put off-field issues to the back of their minds and shine on the pitch.

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