Former Everton favourite tweets Merseyside derby message to players, Toffees could really use him now

Tim Cahill shared an Instagram post ahead of the clash with Liverpool urging the club's players to "play for the badge"

Former Everton favourite Tim Cahill has sent a rousing message to the club's players ahead of tonight's Merseyside derby, urging them to "play for the badge" against their city rivals.

Roberto Martinez's side have endured an uninspiring season but face a defining few days with the clash against Liverpool at Anfield tonight ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.

Cahill played in numerous derbies during his eight years at Goodison Park, and is Everton's second-highest post-war scorer in the fixture with five goals.

During his time on Merseyside the Australian became a huge fan favourite, a status which was partly sealed by his fiesty and impassioned displays against the Reds.

Ahead of Wednesday's meeting between the two clubs, the 36-year-old shared a message on his Instagram account in which he implored Everton's players to show the same kind of pride that was a hallmark of his time at the club.

The former star, who scored 68 goals in 278 appearances for the club, said: "Wishing my blue boys Everton all the very best. A game where every challenge means something.

"Loved the derbies and something I miss a hell of a lot. Amazing city with two amazing teams. Play for the badge boys and the rest will take care of itself."

Everton could really use Cahill's quality and spirit this season; Martinez's side are on course for a second consecutive bottom-half finish, something which has not happened since the first two seasons of this century.

They are currently on a six-match winless streak in the league after their 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend, a run which stretches back to 1 March.

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