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Liverpool are favourites for FA Cup showdown, insists Everton assistant

Julian Shea Everton assistant boss Steve Round says Liverpool are favourites for the teams’ FA Cup semi-final despite his side going into the clash as Merseyside’s top dogs. Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon (left) vies with Everton midfielder Leon Osman during Monday’s Premier League game (Picture: AFP/Getty) Four second half goals earned the Toffees a 4-0 win over Sunderland on Monday, reinforcing their position in seventh place in the table, one above their cross-city rivals, who are on a poor run of form.Magaye Gueye netted his first goal for the club before Steven Pienaar curled in a beauty and, 60 seconds later, Leon Osman followed suit before substitute Victor Anichebe wrapped things up as Everton kept up their impressive record against Sunderland – the Black Cats have now not won at Goodison Park in 13 attempts. Afterwards, however, Round was refusing to get carried away looking forward to the weekend. ‘They [Liverpool] are favourites. They’ve got so many great players with history and tradition, but we’re a lot closer to them than we were. We’ve hit some great form and great credit to the chairman, he managed to recruit us some Grade A players in January,’ he said.‘That’s given everybody a lift and it’s put us on a run of form. The other players have fed off that and their confidence has come through.’

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