Hibbert: Toffees need a trophy

The Toffees’ chances of playing in the Europa League were virtually
ended when they lost at Manchester United and city rivals Liverpool
beat Birmingham to move five points clear in sixth place with four
matches remaining. But even if they can claw back lost ground, the
long-serving Hibbert, an Everton academy graduate, is already
thinking about next season and ending the club’s 16-year wait for
silverware. “Whatever cup it is, we need one next season,” said the
30-year-old. “Everton need silverware – the sooner the better.
“Europe is a great achievement for any club, and it’s a great
experience for the fans to get away to talk about and sing about.
“I think the squad is big enough for Europe. We’ve got some good
players in depth. “We’ve got a lot of injuries again which doesn’t
help but there is quality there. “I think the squad we’ve got is
capable of challenging in the domestic cups and Europe.” Everton
face relegation-threatened Wigan next weekend with Manchester City
and Chelsea to follow before the end of the campaign. Hibbert said
the squad had not given up hope of qualifying for Europe and
near-neighbours Liverpool remain in their sights. “I don’t think we
have any fear. We need to finish the season strongly,” he told the
Liverpool Echo. “We need wins and we need to keep our hopes of
Europe alive as well as chasing Liverpool. “It would mean a lot to
me and the squad to get above them. We’re in touching distance,
we’re over our bad start.”