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David Moyes is comfortable with Liverpool being considered the favourites for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.
 
But whilst the manager bows to the knowledge of the bookmakers, he insists he is taking a group of players to Wembley that will give everything to bridge any gap and book a place in the final.
 
He told evertonfc.com: "The bookies are very rarely wrong, aren't they? And the bookies will see Liverpool as favourites undoubtedly. I think because of the quality Liverpool possess and the squad, that's why I think most people who bet will put Liverpool as favourites.
 
"I can only talk about Everton. I can't really talk about Liverpool and what they do or what they spend - that's nothing to do with us.

"But we do the best we can at Everton, we always have done and great credit to the players who we've brought in, they always try and compete and they always show a great desire in all the games, so I think because of that the players deserve the credit. Whoever we bring in always works very hard to try and make whatever gulf there is as little as possible."

19 April 2009: The players reel off in celebration after Phil Jagielka's penalty takes the Blues to Wembley for a second time.

The showdown with Liverpool comes three years after a famous semi-final victory over Manchester United that was secured against the odds.
 
He continued: "Football moves on and you don't always think back to how it was before and how it happened. But I don't think we've treated the build-up any differently.
 
"The difference is (this year) we had to go to a replay so we didn't know about the semi-final until a shorter time. The game's come about very quickly so we're now just taking it in our stride and what we're hoping for is the players carry on playing as well as they have been. Semi-finals are a one-off and who knows what will happen.
 
"I don't know if I'd say it's any bigger an occasion (because it's Liverpool). Whoever we were playing in the semi-final I would see it as a great occasion for everybody at Everton and something which we want to try to do well in. But I'm sure it adds to it. When you play a team in your city in a semi-final, it adds to it, yes.
 
"Liverpool have got a great history but Everton in the past have had a great history as well, so both clubs will go into the game knowing it's a game they both want to win. It's an important match for both of us but I can only tell you what we're thinking about at Everton and at Everton we're going to try to be positive, we're going to try to give ourselves every opportunity to get to the final."

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