Moyes: Debt becoming unfashionable

The build-up to Sunday’s 214th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park

has been completely overshadowed by the Liverpool takeover saga. At

the heart of the protracted issue has been a crippling debt,

thought to be of around £240million. Liverpool are one of the

highest-profile casualties of the financial problems that have

gripped the game in recent years and Moyes feels clubs must learn

to live within their means. When asked about the Liverpool

situation at his regular media briefing today, Moyes said: “It is

none of my business – I have got a big enough job to do at Everton,

never mind concentrating on Liverpool. “It has always been hard to

compete with Liverpool. People quite often say Everton don’t win

enough games against Liverpool – which I am the first to support –

but there are other circumstances to back that up and it tends to

be finances. “If you look at our debt, it is probably roughly

somewhere between £60million and £70million. I think it

is well documented what Liverpool’s debt is. “I think debt is maybe

going to become quite unfashionable. If you are in debt it is not

going to be that trendy. “I think the media have pushed people to

spend a lot of money and I think that is now changing.” When asked

if that was a good thing, he added: “Yes, I think so.” Whatever the

issues surrounding the game, Moyes does not believe they will have

much of an impact on the action on the pitch. There is already

enough tension in the air due to the poor starts made by both clubs

in the Premier League. Liverpool are 18th in the table with just

six points while the Toffees are above them only on goal

difference. Results elsewhere on Saturday could even put both sides

in the relegation zone come kick-off. But Moyes said: “What other

matters have the players had to concern themselves with? I think

you just get on with the game. “Football players are professional,

you go onto the pitch and it is 11 v 11. “I have been surprised by

Liverpool’s results because they are a good side. “But I don’t

think anyone would expect Liverpool to be in this position come the

end of the season, just like I don’t think anyone expects Everton

to be in this position. “We are because we have not played well

enough and not won the opening games. We have to try to do better.”

Everton at least go into the game on the back of a victory having

finally won, at the seventh time of asking, against Birmingham in

their last outing. Moyes said: “The players played well. They had

been playing well in the other games and we hadn’t quite got the

victories so that one was pleasing, although it took an own goal to

get us on our way. “But let’s not kid ourselves – we have had one

win. We are nowhere near where we want to be. “There was no singing

and dancing after we beat Birmingham. We’ve won and we move on.”

Everton’s major worries concern injuries with Marouane Fellaini and

Phil Jagielka both joining Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha on the

casualty list while on international duty this week. Midfielder

Fellaini is the biggest blow as the hamstring injury he suffered

playing in Belgium’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria will keep

him out for up to six weeks. Moyes said: “I watched him play for

Belgium in midweek and he was the outstanding player on the field.

“Unfortunately he got a hamstring injury and was made to play on

longer than he should have. I think that has only made his injury

worse.” Jagielka, who sent home after breaking down in training

with England, is not as serious but still a major doubt for the

derby. Moyes added: “At the moment I would say he is not going to

be involved because it is a hamstring injury. “He is not as bad as

we first thought, but whether it comes too quick for him – that is

the way it is looking at this present time. “England lost three

players to muscle injuries – you would maybe have to question that

is too many.”