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The Toffees are still able to finish as high as third with three games left to play and the South African insists they’re looking upwards ahead of the Merseyside derby

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is hopeful his club can still secure a place in the Europe this season, as they head into the Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Reds trail the Toffees by five points going into the game at Anfield, while Tottenham are only three points ahead in fifth place.

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Pienaar is hopeful Everton can finish above Spurs and grasp the final route to secure European football for next season.

"The most important thing is to get into Europe," Pienaar told the club's official website.

"I know at this stage it is difficult but we just want to win the games and see how far we go.

"You don't know what is going to happen on top of us. Maybe one of the teams can lose all their games and we win all ours.

"We just want to win the games that are left."

Everton go into Sunday’s game having not won at Anfield since 1999, and a win would guarantee that the Toffees will finish above their neighbours this season and give Evertonians the bragging rights.

He added: "Derbies mean a lot and we know what's at stake.

"For the people of the city and the pride of the club it's one of those games you don't want to lose.

"We will give everything to make sure we come away from Anfield with three points because it has been a long while since we won there."

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