Everton manager David Moyes claims to have no interest in the fortunes of Liverpool despite wanting to snatch their European spot.
The Toffees still have a slim chance of qualifying for next season's Europa League but would probably need to oust their arch-rivals from seventh spot in the Barclays Premier League.
They trail their neighbours by five points with just two games remaining but with Liverpool up against title-chasing Chelsea this weekend, there could be a chance to cut the gap.
Yet when asked about Sunday's game at Anfield, Moyes insisted his only focus was his own team's trip to Stoke. Moyes said: "What game? I have got no interest in Liverpool-Chelsea. I am only interested in Everton."
He added: "I don't know what will happen in the Liverpool-Chelsea game.
"The race for seventh is a different question. All we can do is do our job and then we will see what happens after that.
"We have to win our game, which will be really tough at Stoke."
Moyes was equally ambivalent when asked whether it might help Everton's cause that Liverpool were taken to extra time before being beaten by Atletico Madrid in their Europa League semi-final last night.
"I've no idea if it was a good result or not," he said.
"We can only try to win at Stoke. I can't think about what other clubs are doing."
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