Enrique: Cups count as success
MAGAYE GUEYE says he can go from the unknown to Wembley match winner.
The Frenchman made only his fifth league start for Everton in Monday’s 4-0 win over Sunderland.
But he finally bagged his first goal for the club – and believes that is enough to fill Steven Pienaar’s boots.
Pienaar is on loan from Tottenham but cup-tied as he played for Harry Redknapp’s side in the third round in January. But Gueye said: “I think I have done enough. I think every day I work hard to play.
“I know I’m young and have to prove to everyone I can play.
“Steven’s a great player and every day I’m learning, – I am OK being a bit-part player. I have to work really hard to get his place.”
Gueye, 21, signed from Strasbourg in 2010 but has had to wait for his chance with plenty of sub appearances along the way. But now he is ready to take his opportunity with both hands.
He said: “I’m very happy with my first goal. It was hard for me when I came here but I played really well. I deserved the goal because I worked hard.”
Looking ahead to the semi-final showdown on Saturday, he said: “It is important to play well as we have Liverpool.
“I think everybody knows we can do well on Saturday so everyone is confident.” Although the Toffees are unbeaten in five and the Reds are on a shocking run, Goodison assistant Steve Round (right) believes his men are underdogs.
He said: “They’ve got so many great players and they’re such a good club with history and tradition, but we are a lot closer to them than we were.
“We’ve hit some great form and great credit to the chairman that he managed to recruit us some grade-a players in January.” JOSE ENRIQUE claims that whatever happens against Everton, Liverpool’s season has been a success.
The Reds left-back hopes to feature in the Merseyside FA Cup semi-final derby at Wembley on Saturday.
And despite their crap league form meaning there is no chance of a Champions League spot for the Kop, Enrique is happy to be winning trophies. He picked up a Carling Cup medal as Liverpool beat Cardiff on penalties and now wants an FA Cup one to add to his collection.
Enrique said: “The truth about this season is that we already have a cup and we’re still playing for another one.
“No-one can say we haven’t won anything this season. I came here to win titles and play for good things. I’ve done that – I have already won one trophy.
“We will be playing in the Europa League next season and I’ve never played in that competition. It wasn’t our objective but it’s not that bad.
“At the moment this has been a great year for me and if we can take two titles in one season it will be amazing.”
Enrique, 26, simply cannot wait for the clash against their bitter rivals – and insists they have not even thought about losing.
He said: “To play Everton in a derby at Wembley is one of the best games we can play and we will try to do well.
“It will be amazing – two teams playing at 200%. It will be a special match.
“In the league we are not playing for anything, so the semi-final is very important.”
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