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.”