Tim Cahill has spoken of his relief and delight at making a scoring return for Everton on Sunday.
The Australian midfielder had not played since March due to injury but made his comeback at Stoke City.
Cahill struck the encounter's decisive goal as the Toffees claimed a 3-2 success, and he has thanked manager David Moyes for handing him a starting berth against their Premier League rivals.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "I'm delighted, but really I'm just glad to be a part of the squad again.
"It was a surprise to start, but if the manager is going to ask me if I'm up for starting, there is no way that I'm going to say 'no'.
"I didn't expect to play. All I did was keep myself fit, worked really hard in training and wanted to give him the option of being able to play me if I was needed. I'm fortunate that the manager has that belief in me.
"Then it was down to me taking the opportunity on the pitch. I felt like one of the new lads as I had not played in such a long time. Now we are looking forward to another European adventure.
"Standard Liege (on Thursday in the Uefa Cup) are a very good team but we are doing our homework on them."