The Blues are likely to need a result against Manchester City next month in order to pip Arsenal to fourth spot.

But that could also massively assist local rivals Liverpool in their quest to finish top of the Premier League.

The Reds are tussling it out with City for the title, while Everton battle with Arsenal for fourth spot with five games to go.

It is certainly good times on Merseyside after more than two decades suffering in the shadows.

And the Toffees defender is delighted about the city's rise even if some at Goodison Park may be worried about giving their neighbours a boost.

Distin said: "We've spoken about it with some of the staff and said, 'What if we have to beat City to be in the Champions League, but by doing that Liverpool win the league?'