'Let's Finish Above Them'
Cup exit is added incentive to finish above Reds, says Baines.
Leighton Baines says defeat at Wembley has increased Everton’s drive to usurp Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.
The Blues suffered a painful FA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of their neighbours and great rivals on Saturday but remain a place and a point above them in the league with just five games to go.
Asked if the incentive to outlast Kenny Dalglish’s men is now greater than ever, Baines said: “That's what we've got to focus on. We need something to focus on now and that will be it.
“It will take a few days to let the dust settle after this one, but then we'll pick ourselves up and go again.”
Nikica Jelavic’s fifth strike in as many games had put Everton in the ascendancy at Wembley, but second-half efforts from the strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll saw the Blues condemned to defeat.
“To go a goal ahead was obviously a big boost for us but I think we just weren't able to capitalise on it,” said Baines. “We never really built on it and, in the end, we paid for it.
“Even before half time I thought they were getting on top and we knew we had to play better in the second half. But we weren't good enough, we gave possession away, we didn't keep it and we didn't create enough chances.
“If you give him chances, Nikica will score - he’s shown that. But we didn't give him very many opportunities today. We got a slice of fortune and he was Johnny on the spot for our goal, and he made a couple of chances for himself. But we didn't really give him much to go off today."
Baines left the field shortly after Carroll’s 86th-minute winner having felt a tightness in his hamstring.
The left back isn’t yet certain of the severity of the problem but doesn’t expect it to keep him out of next Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.
He said: “We'll do a scan in the next couple of days. I don't think it's going to be too bad. We'll just have to wait and see.”