EVERTON star Tim Cahill poured scorn on Liverpool's hopes of FA Cup glory after suffering more Wembley heartache today.
The Toffees went down 2-1 in this afternoon's semi-final after throwing away a one-goal lead in the 218th Merseyside derby.
Liverpool have endured a torrid Barclays Premier League season and will be underdogs against Tottenham or Chelsea in next month's final.
Cahill said: "I think it's going to be difficult for them. They've had an indifferent season and they've just got away with it today.
"A few decisions didn't go our way but I'll just say they've got a lot of work to do."
Cahill had been hoping it would be third time lucky for him in the FA Cup, having been a runner-up in 2004 and 2009.
"This is sad because I've had two finals before in the FA Cup," he said.
"And to now not get to a final, it's heartbreaking.
"But, as much as it is for me, I really feel for the fans because it was there - you could feel it and touch it - and even as players we didn't do it in the end."
Cahill admitted Everton were architects of their own demise.
He said: "They made some good substitutions and they scored two goals from two errors from us.
"As a team, we'll look at it, but we win together and lose together and that's the only way I can sum it up.
"It's a special group of lads and management and everyone really, really pulls for each other."
The turning point was a horrible 62nd-minute blunder by Sylvain Distin, whose blind backpass gifted Luis Suarez Liverpool's equaliser.
Cahill said: "Sylvain's been our player of the season - that's the only way I can put it.
"One mistake doesn't sum up his season.
"He's been immense and, as a team, we possibly should've still been out there playing extra-time.
"We shouldn't have conceded the second goal, giving the free-kick away and defending the way we did.
"As for Sylvain, he's a top player and it happens in football. We've all been there at one stage in our career."
Everton were ahead through Nikica Jelavic's fifth goal in five games at that stage, the former Rangers striker once again proving one of the best buys of the January transfer window.
Midfielder Cahill said: "Jela's a top player, top player. Scores goals and good for the team.
"A striker, he's what I've been crying out for and the manager's brought him in so, exceptional."