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Okay, I'll be honest.
I was watching the draw and when Liverpool came out of the hat first I thought: 'No, please not'.
But that's football, and on reflection you can't get much more exciting than a double-header with our city rivals.
It's the best tie of the fourth round without a shadow of a doubt but it's going to be a tough one - and not just for Everton. I think Liverpool will look at Everton's away record and be fearful.
They're at home and they'll be happy with that. But it's a derby - and I know it's an old adage - but form does go out the window. Liverpool are top of the Premier League, playing some decent stuff and scoring goals, while Everton's away form has been fantastic. But who knows what will happen? It's an interesting one.
The players and the supporters will definitely be up for it and there's going to be a buzz around the city for the next couple of weeks. There certainly will be afterwards - especially if Everton win!
If we're honest, we would have prefered a home tie against non-league opposition - but we want to win this Cup and to do that you have to beat the best teams around. Applying ourselves definitely won't be a problem, the supporters will make themselves heard and there's no reason why we can't go there in both the league and the FA Cup and get something.
Does it make it extra special because it's a Cup game? I'm not sure. Whatever game you play against Liverpool, it's always important. The supporters never let you forget that.
The one which springs to mind in the FA Cup is, of course, the 4-4 at Goodison Park. Four times we came from behind on an amazing afternoon and we went on to win the replay.
If we can emulate that game then the supporters are in for a treat. But for Everton the most important thing will be going over there and getting a result whatever way it comes.
Another important thing to remember - we cannot afford to let ourselves get carried away. This weekend we play a very good Hull City side.
They've surprised everyone this season, including myself. I remember coming away from the KC stadium earlier in the season thinking they would struggle. But all credit to them they've gone on to get some fantastic results.
That said in the form we're in it's one I will still expect us to win. I'm sure David Moyes would expect that too.
The supporters realise how well the lads are playing and they're really getting behind them at the moment. Let's see that 12th man at Goodison again on Saturday and long may it continue.
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