Everton defender Phil Jagielka feels it is important to finish the season strongly but insists overhauling Liverpool or reaching Europe are not the prime aims.
The England international believes Europa League qualification is out of reach despite the Toffees' recent resurgence and does not want to overplay a potential late-season fight for position with the club's arch-rivals.
Seventh-placed Everton kept the pressure on Liverpool above them with a convincing 2-0 win over Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. But Jagielka is mainly concerned about carrying momentum into next season and avoiding the inconsistency that has dogged their largely disappointing 2010/11 campaign.
The 28-year-old said: "There is no point setting goals to try to beat another club. Obviously with it being our neighbours it adds to the spice but if you ask the boss he just wants to keep going and picking up as many points as possible. We don't have to look over our shoulders now. It is pretty obvious we are going to be safe from relegation.
"But obviously with the way the Carling Cup went another European position in the league has gone. The gaffer has basically said it is just three points for the next game and that is all we can do.
"The season won't fizzle out. We are playing against a lot of clubs who are desperate for points for one reason or another. If we can keep this little run going it is something to hopefully carry into next season."