Tim Cahill has questioned Liverpool's ability to win the FA Cup despite beating his Everton side at Wembley on Saturday.
The Toffees went down 2-1 in their semi-final after throwing away a one-goal lead to their neighbours in the 218th Merseyside derby.
But Liverpool will still be the underdogs in next month's final whether their opponents are Tottenham or Chelsea after enduring a disappointing Premier League season.
And the 32-year-old Australian does not fancy the Reds' chances, saying: "I think it's going to be difficult for them.
"They've had an indifferent season and they've just got away with it today.
"A few decisions didn't go our way but I'll just say they've got a lot of work to do."
Cahill had been hoping it would be third time lucky for him in the FA Cup, having been a runner-up in 2004 (with Millwall) and 2009.
"This is sad because I've had two finals before in the FA Cup," he said. "And to now not get to a final, it's heartbreaking.
"But, as much as it is for me, I really feel for the fans because it was there - you could feel it and touch it - and even as players we didn't do it in the end."
Cahill admitted Everton only had themselves to blame for the defeat but insists they will stick together.
He added: "They made some good substitutions and they scored two goals from two errors from us.
"As a team, we'll look at it, but we win together and lose together and that's the only way I can sum it up.
"It's a special group of lads and management and everyone really, really pulls for each other."