Toffees On Liverpool’s Tail
Everton’s considerable recent improvement has transformed them from struggling against relegation to possibly overhauling city rivals Liverpool in the EPL table.
And the focus of many players appears to be on the Reds, as they seek to continue their impressive run of form with Easter Saturday lunchtime’s trip to Old Trafford to take on EPL leaders Manchester United.
Defender Phil Jagielka has bucked this particular trend, however. Although the club’s web-site has stressed that should other factors work in the Toffees’ favour, they could yet qualify for next season’s Europa League.
Everton currently lie seventh in the EPL table, two points behind Liverpool, with a similar goal difference.
And should fourth-placed Manchester City eventually finish fifth but win their FA Cup final with Stoke City next month, sixth place would see Evertonians on their continental travels.
Everton’s American goalkeeper Tim Howard said before the Toffees’ convincing 3-0 win at Wolves two weekends ago that “we’re going to try and nip on (Liverpool’s) heels and get a couple of results. For the city, this run-in will be great and we’ll try to overtake them.”
Jagielka claimed this week, though, that manager David Moyes was setting more straightforward targets.
After Everton’s 2-0 win over EPL strugglers Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, the 28-year-old Jagielka told BBC Radio Merseyside:
“There’s no point setting goals to beat another club. Obviously it adds a bit of spice, but if you ask the boss, he just wants the run to keep going and pick up points.”
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