Twice a year, fans in Liverpool, England get to experience the thrill of the Merseyside Derby. Tuesday, Liverpool got the better of U.S. Men’s National Team goalie Tim Howard and Everton, 4-0.

“Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail, and it’s not fun when you’re the nail,” Howard said of the loss. “We just didn’t solve a few problems at the back that they caused. In looking at it this week, there were certainly preventable goals, preventable attacks, but on the night we didn’t get it right.”

“Families are divided,” Howard said on SiriusXM FC’s Counter Attack of the Liverpool-Everton rivalry. “There are reds and blues in the same household […] Ultimately as an Everton player, you will be judged, when people look back on your career, by how you did in those derbies. The losses are really tough. The wins feel like you’ve conquered the world.”

Even though Everton lost, they still sit in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League. Everton is one point behind Tottenham for the Europa League spot, and four points behind – you guessed it – Liverpool for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot.

Although Howard is confident Everton can compete with the rest of the top clubs in the Premier League when fully fit, he admitted it’s difficult when there are only five clubs out of the 20 that can really spend big money to improve their club.

“Someone goes down for Manchester City and they just go splash £25 million like it’s nothing,” Howard said. “At Everton, we take pride in the fact that teams can spend 100-150 million, and we’re still right there, punching with them.”

Howard also spoke about the fact that some of his USMNT teammates, including Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, have returned to Major League Soccer from Europe over the past few months.

“I think it’s great that the league can get to a point where they’re putting money in front of players and that the player is choosing to go to these clubs because they’re good clubs, but also because the money is actually going to change their life,” Howard said. “It’s been a long time coming. I’ve always felt we should be bringing back the best U.S. players and we should be, as a league, paying them the top dollar. These are national team players in their prime. The best players you’re going to get.”

Of course Howard, with two years left on his contract with Everton, hasn’t talked about coming back to MLS . ..yet.

“I don’t want to just go to any club,” Howard said. “I’ve been used to winning and I enjoy the competition, so I want to go to an organization that’s going in the right direction, has a good, established coach, and the right players.”

As exciting as a Tim Howard homecoming would be, U.S. fans are likely more concerned right now about the World Cup as the USMNT gets set for the group of death.

“If you qualify for a World Cup and expect to get an easy group, I think you’re in the wrong sport,” Howard said. “That’s the whole point of going to a World Cup.”

Stay tuned to SiriusXMFC as the Premier League season winds down, and as the USA gears up for Brazil.

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