Liverpool have long been sick of the sight of Tim Cahill – now the Australian international’s torment of the men from Anfield has reached record-breaking proportions.
Cahill’s venomous opener in Sunday’s Merseyside derby was his fifth against Everton’s arch-rivals, a strike which means no post-war player has more league goals against Liverpool than the prickly midfielder.
“It is always good to score goals but it is an even better feeling to get them against Liverpool,” Cahill, who got his first derby goal in a 2-1 away defeat in March 2005, told evertontv.
The 30-year-old scored his second against the Reds – again at Anfield and again in defeat – a year later before notching in the 3-0 home win in September 2006.
Cahill had to wait almost two-and-a-half years for his next derby goal as he snatched an equaliser at Anfield last term, while his unstoppable opener on Sunday completes a memorable quintet.
That took him ahead of Graeme Sharp – who has seven against the Reds, but only four in the league – but Cahill was more interested in the collective good than taking individual plaudits.
He said: “It was a massive result for us but it was most important for the fans. I want them to enjoy it. They have had a tough start to the season and, regardless of the off the field distractions surrounding the game, we need to enjoy it as we deserve to – this type of thing is what the fans live for.
Cahill added: “Seamus Coleman gives a different dimension with the way he can beat players and he did well to create the goal. He went past a few of them, got to the line and put in a great cross – I was lucky enough to be in a position to score.
“We will continue to take it a game at a time but this was a big step for us as had we lost we would have been back under pressure.”