Everton closing quality gap on Liverpool

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Everton manager David Moyes believes his side have closed the quality gap with neighbours Liverpool despite being at a financial disadvantage.

The Reds, who have just been taken over in a £300million deal by New England Sports Ventures, have consistently spent more than their rivals from across Stanley Park.

That has usually seen the Anfield side finish higher in the league but Sunday's derby victory lifted the Toffees into mid-table, with their opponents dropping to an unfamiliar 19th.

"I definitely think our squad has got closer to Liverpool's squad. We have got our good players and can compete with them," Moyes said.

"The derby win is only three points but the big thing for us is that we've not been able to beat Liverpool very often in our time here. I would hope a level-headed football supporter with any common sense would recognise the reasons for that."

"But it isn't all about money. If we all wanted football to be about money then we wouldn't enjoy it as much because not everyone is going to be able to have it.

"Am I jealous about it? Yes, because I'd like to be a top team but I wouldn't swap my chairman for anyone from America or Saudi Arabia.

"My chairman is a supporter. He backs his manager and he is behind me - which is really important for any manager at any club.

Moyes pointed to the example of 22-year-old Seamus Coleman, a defender who was pressed into action on the right of midfield and set up the opening goal for Tim Cahill.

"We are playing a right-back wide right because we haven't got anyone else in that position," he added. "He's come in and done a brilliant job and it will be great for the boy's development.

"There is a lot talked about at the moment about what people spend and we paid 60 grand for that boy from Ireland."

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