Moyes eager for Anfield triumph
Published 03/05/2013 | 18:17
Everton boss David Moyes has stressed his desire to beat Liverpool in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield is not driven by any sense of personal mission.
Moyes has been in charge of the Toffees for 11 years, but is still to oversee an away victory against the Reds. The Scot has emphasised that if Everton pull off their first Anfield victory since 1999 this weekend, his thoughts will be on its significance for the club as a whole rather than for his own CV.
Asked what it would mean to him personally if his side won this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash, Moyes said: "Nothing personally. For Everton - for the team and the supporters - it will mean an awful lot, but personally, it is not an important thing really. I'm looking forward to trying to get a result for the supporters."
A win for Everton will certainly mean Moyes' men, currently sixth in the table, will finish this season above seventh-placed Liverpool, with the current gap between them standing at five points after 35 matches played.
It would be the second campaign in succession that the Toffees have secured a higher final position than the Reds, but Moyes' focus is more on this term's bigger picture - the hunt for a European berth.
"You want to finish above every team - I wanted to finish above Manchester United and Manchester City this season," Moyes said.
"Do I want to finish above Liverpool? Of course I do. But it can't be our sole objective, and I would be surprised if it was Liverpool's to finish above us.
"In terms of our target at the moment, we are looking to see if we can catch Tottenham or one of the other teams above us."
Everton are three points behind fifth-placed Spurs, having played one game more.