Cahill - Defeat unthinkable
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is not allowing the thought of defeat to Liverpool to come into his mind.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 16/10/10 11:54am
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is not allowing the thought of defeat to Mersey foes Liverpool to come into his mind.
The Toffees schemer is well accustomed to the club's biggest game of the season, which gets under way on Sunday as the Reds visit Goodison Park in one of the most anticipated Merseyside derbies in years.
And the 31-year-old Australia international, who scored in Everton's first win of the season against Birmingham City last time out, has eyes on another three-point haul.
Victory for David Moyes' side will edge them clear of the relegation zone while keeping Roy Hodgson's men firmly in the bottom three and Cahill is focused on heaping more misery on the Anfield outfit.
He admitted: "Defeat is just unthinkable.
"But there's so much spirit in this team. You look round the dressing room and think there's too much quality to accept some of the results we have had, regardless of how unlucky we've been.
"I am confident the players can put on a performance. I believe in this squad, it's probably the best we have ever had, and after getting our first win at Birmingham, another here would really kick-start our season."
Cahill, who has three goals to his name this season, will also have the added incentive of a place in Goodison history should he find the net this time.
He is currently level with Duncan Ferguson as the Blues' highest post-war league derby goalscorer with four - including one in the 3-0 Goodison mauling five years ago.
And for Cahill, there is no better feeling in football than scoring against Everton's neighbours.
He added: "It's the most exciting part of my career, what it means to us and the fans.
"You look to yourself and say it's a chance to make yourself something special, to look back when you're older and say 'I remember it because I helped make a change.'
"It's an unbelievable feeling. Beating Liverpool is up there with the best of my career because of how passionate we are and what's at stake."