There have been precious few victorious derby moments for Evertonians to savour on this side of the turn of the Millennium — the almost Iwo Jima-esque image of Tim Cahill atop a mound of players celebrating Lee Carsley’s goal in 2004; the “Andy Johnson” derby in 2006; the Cahill-Mikel Arteta double-act in 2010; and the James Rodriguez-Richarlison combination two years ago are the only ones, of course — but for periods in this pulsating all-Merseyside clash it felt like another one might be coming.

Conor Coady thought he had grabbed it, ironically enough against his boyhood club, only to have his goal ruled out for offside; Neal Maupay will feel as though he should have had one on his debut; and, frankly, had Tom Davies bent an instinctive shot a few inches further inside the post and won the game, you feel as though Everton would have deserved it even if Liverpool had a number of very near misses of their own.

If Frank Lampard could bottle the intensity, blood and thunder that a local derby can engender, he would; unfortunately, like the blue smoke and thunderous welcomes for the players’ coach on Goodison Road, it’s not sustainable for 38 games a season. Maintain most of the spirit that accompanies these games, however, and marry it with the increasing confidence and effectiveness they have on the ball now and the Blues should be just fine this season.

This was a very effective display from Everton in a contest where they have often been massively inferior in many departments in recent years, not least last season. Jürgen Klopp may have been dealing with a number of injuries to important players but, on paper, his team is still significantly stronger.

Lampard’s Blues closed that gap today on an afternoon where both goals seemed to live a charmed life, both goalkeepers had to underline their world-class credentials — Jordan Pickford, especially, was brilliant (if you set aside his distribution) — and the fortitude of the Goodison Park “woodwork” was tested at both ends.

And, of course, there was controversy as Virgil van Dijk escaped even a cursory examination by Video Assistant Referee, Darren England of a borderline red-card challenge on Amadou Onana, a handball in the box by James Milner went completely unchecked, and Coady’s first goal in a Blue jersey was chalked off by VAR even though Maupay’s ball across goal for him appeared to be partially blocked by James Milner.

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Three points would, of course, have been brilliant to get. A point, though, is one gained on this fixture last season and represents a fourth draw in a row for a side that is becoming increasingly hard to beat and is visibly finding itself as a collective. On this evidence, the wins will come because today illustrated the extent to which Lampard’s hard work at Finch Farm is paying off on the pitch where it counts.

Lampard made one change from the team that drew at Leeds on Tuesday, bringing Maupay in for his first start since his arrival from Brighton at the expense of Dwight McNeil and the debutant had the first chance of the game, a shot he scuffed across goal following good work by Demarai Gray.

Always dangerous, Liverpool fashioned their first opening in the 19th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold dug out a deep cross from the byline that Darwin Nunez headed wide at the back post.

Gordon then tested Allison with a crisp, low shot following a corner but the Brazilian saved it comfortably but 13 minutes before the break, Everton rattled the woodwork after a sustained spell of pressure ended with the ball breaking for Davies. Unfortunately, the midfielder’s instinctive shot with the outside of his boot curled onto the post and bounced out.

Nunez headed another chance well over in the 40th minute but the Uruguayan prompted a brilliant save from Pickford three minutes after that. Ambitiously taking a bouncing ball on the half-volley, Nunez’s shot took a nick off Nathan Patterson but Pickford tipped onto the crossbar and then the ball came back to Luis Diaz, the Colombian smacked an effort of his own off the inside of the post.

The reds started the second half the better side and Konstantinos Tsimikas fired wide from the angle not long after half-time but Maupay had a half-chance a minute later when Alex Iwobi found him in the box with his back to goal but his overhead kick dropped narrowly over the bar.

After a lull, the game then ratcheted back up again for a back-and-forth final half hour that yielded great chances for both sides to break the deadlock.

Nunez shot straight at Pickford from just inside the box, Iwobi tried to catch Allison out with a half-volley but his cheeky effort dropped wide while the excellent Patterson almost profited from a deflection off Van Dijk but his shot bounced behind off the Dutch defender.

At the other end, substitute Roberto Firmino saw a shot finger-tipped behind by Pickford but Everton surged forward in numbers on the counter, Gray eventually laid it back to Maupay who had time to set himself in front of goal but lifted his shot to a height where Allison could block from close range and divert it behind.

The French forward thought he had redeemed himself shortly afterwards, though after Gray’s corner had come back to him on the right and his cross was chested down by Maupay who fired it back across goal for Coady to convert almost on the line.

Unfortunately, the defender’s celebrations and those of the deafening Goodison crowd were cut short by Video Assistant Referee Darren England who determined that he was half a yard offside.

Van Dijk could count himself fortunate to avoid a red card for an ugly stamp on Amadou Onana’s ankle, an incident that didn’t seem to get any attention from the VAR, and the Dutchman was in the way six minutes from time when Dwight McNeil, on a couple of minutes earlier for Gordon, saw a deflected shot clawed over by Allison just when it looked as though the ball might loop over him and in.

Pickford denied Firmino once more three minutes from the end and England’s Number 1 pulled one out of the top draw deep into stoppage time when he got his fingernails on a Mohamed Salah shot that was arrowing inside his near post and diverted it onto the post.

The first priority in any derby is, obviously, to avoid defeat and given that Everton were facing Liverpool this week and then League leaders Arsenal next weekend, anything the Toffees got out of this game was always going to be well received.

As welcome as a point is, perhaps the confidence that will come from a fine team display coupled with some really impressive individual performances will end up being more valuable. Where only a couple of weeks ago, Evertonians were wondering where the first win would come from, you can envisage on the back of today how victories can be attained.

Lampard has the Blues moving the ball better than they have for a long time, hitting their targets with crisp passing through the lines, looking very strong in the middle (Gueye slotted back in like he had never left), and carrying genuine threat on the counter-attack. Add in the aerial prowess of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the next few weeks and they will look even better.

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Lev Vellene
1 Posted 03/09/2022 at 20:32:59
This was a very reassuring game! We earned that point, and it could very easily have gone either way, after all.

Tom Davies was better in that first half than many here would want to admit he could be. Maupay may have missed a sitter (and his pass(?) could have beaten the VAR to give Coady a goal), but it was his first game, and he was thrown into a derby for his debut...

Overall, I'm very happy! We have lost two, drawn four, as we try to get our very new team to gel.

How many goals did we lose by in those two losses? We are not melting any more!

UTFT for the future, I'd think! :)

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 03/09/2022 at 21:14:58
First time we have genuinely competed with Liverpool for a few seasons.

If Milner touches that ball, then once again the official in the VAR studio absolutely stinks, which is also something West Ham and Villa fans will be saying tonight, as last season's top three, all get lucky. Weren't we supposed to be hearing the contentious conversations at the end of each game now?

I thought a draw was about right, although Liverpool finished the stronger, which was to be expected, considering how many changes they made, because their bench had so much more quality.

Made up with our fight, made up with our discipline, and made up with our young right-back, who didn't give a fuck for his Scottish teammate.

Christopher Timmins
3 Posted 03/09/2022 at 21:29:37
The standard has been set!

Now … week-in & week-out, let's match or better it!

Garry Martin
4 Posted 03/09/2022 at 21:35:29
Very pleased with today's result, all players put in 110% effort and that's all you can ask for.

Hope we can now go forward with consistency COYB!

Martin Mason
5 Posted 03/09/2022 at 21:35:59
Very good performance today in an exceptional game and I won't try to add to the many pleased detailed comments made on other threads. I'm moving into very positive mood now about the club and the team, I can see the makings of a very good side in there.
Alex Bennett
6 Posted 03/09/2022 at 21:41:53
How good was it seeing Patterson show his nasty side and have a few sneaky but legal digs, reminded me of Cahill. He also looked a very good player, I liked his performance a lot today.
Andrew Grey
12 Posted 03/09/2022 at 22:29:35
Unbeaten in 5 now, including the Cup.
Lev Vellene
13 Posted 03/09/2022 at 23:03:12
I see no sign of this team rolling over for anything, so if we lose, we really must be out-played!
Bob Parrington
14 Posted 04/09/2022 at 03:59:20
Great game, great performance by our guys. Had some good fortune but so did they. All round, a good clean derby except for Van Dijk on Onana, which should have been reviewed by VAR for a red not yellow.

We just need a player to start regularly to find the 'inside' of the net.

David Currie
15 Posted 04/09/2022 at 04:10:16
Bob 14,

Van Dijk knew exactly what he was doing and was intentional. Should have been a red, but the ref and VAR were never going to do that. We all know why!

Jerome Shields
16 Posted 04/09/2022 at 06:46:39
What a great game of football and Everton where the better side and should have won it.

There have been Derbies won with worse goals than that perfectly legal disallowed goal and Everton players given a red in such games for a lot less than Van Dijk's professional foul. clearly late, high, and aimed over the ball.

Now I'm sorry for swearing at Jimmy Hill, come back – all is forgiven. A lot better than the tripe pundits of today.

Jack Convery
17 Posted 04/09/2022 at 07:23:19
Shearer last night on the Van Dijk tackle. If it goes to the VAR, it's a red, It didn't so probably the right decision.

How does that make any sense at all?

Also, no mention of the probable legality of the Coady goal, given Milner tried to block it.

However, yesterday proved once again that the Sky 6 are being protected against defeats. Lee Mason, who was the VAR at the Barcodes match, apparently did not show the ref all the angles for the disallowed goal.
Why? Surely there is only one answer to that.

The West Ham 'goal' was also a joke of a decision. Last season the VAR literally handed the title to Man City after the Rodri 'handball' at Goodison. It has to be stopped. In my eyes, it appears the VAR is deliberately being used as a means to aid the so-called Big 6. Enough is enough.

My solution is fans across the country should stop their Sky subscriptions until the problem is sorted. Jesse Marsch, who I can't stand, got it right, when he said we have to respect the refs but they are not showing any respect for us.

Rick Tarleton
18 Posted 04/09/2022 at 07:23:29
A pulsating match, technically Liverpool had more possession and more opportunities, but we had the spirit and the fight.

Possibly Maupay was below par, but it was his first game, every other player was superb. From Pickford's frantic brilliance to Gray's and Gordon's ability to go past world-class defenders at will, to Tom Davies's coolness and toughness and Iwobi's energy, we gave our all and could easily have gained 3 points.

Yesterday, there was pride and desire, those things can in odd games make up for the skill gap, over a season they don't, but yesterday they did and it made my old, faulty heart swell with pride. My pre-match pessimism was banished by the courage and resilience of those players.


Eddie Dunn
19 Posted 04/09/2022 at 08:13:57
For Shearer, who never played for the current Sky faves, to say that Jack @17, reveals the television media's complicity in the conspiracy to defraud the "lesser"teams in favour of the big boys, to ensure that viewing figures and future revenues remain in the hands of the status quo.

On BT Sport (I don't have Sky, got rid of it many years ago) the commentator, and McManaman and Jenas, were extolling the virtues of any Liverpool player that did anything remotely good.

They were all very happy to accept that Saint Virgil should only get a yellow and wheeled our former ref whatsisname to let us all know that, as the force of the tackle was on the foot, even though it started on the shin and therefore it is a yellow. Utter bullshit.

I have said on other threads that, if one of our boys and done something similar, he would have been given no such understanding and we would have had Klopp pointing his corroding finger at us for being too physical.

The incident shows that Van Dijk is still a wannabe bully. The game when Pickford bumped him saw Virgil try to injure Richarlison and James. A streak of shithousery is running through his angelic mind.

I think Van Dijk is looking a bit slow so far this season. That injury and a few years of hard graft are taking their toll. The recent matches involving the favoured ones have seen quite a few clear mistakes in favour of the big boys.

We should have an official clock on the scoreboard and an official timekeeper stopping the clock at every break in play. It should be clear and there for all to see. The current system with the 4th official putting up his board for a recommended "minimum" amount of time leaves far too much to the ref's discretion.

The beautiful game stinks.

Rob Williamson
20 Posted 04/09/2022 at 08:58:21
Just watched Match of the Day. Apparently, according to Shearer (arsehole) and Danny Murphy (ex Liverpool arsehole) van Dijk’s appalling over the ball tackle on Onana was only worthy of a yellow card. So that’s alright then!
Colin Glassar
21 Posted 04/09/2022 at 09:27:02
Ever since the creation of the premier league, money making monster, the corporate media have tried their best to protect their top 4-6 investment. This is not a level playing field. Pundits, refs, VAR (managed by Very Average Refs), FFP etc… is all geared up to maintain the status quo.

If you’ve got enough money (Newcastle) you might be allowed in, eventually, like Man City were. But if not, know your place in the food chain as you won’t get anything from bent refs and sell-out pundits.

Dermot O'Brien
22 Posted 04/09/2022 at 09:39:12
Eddie #19, I thought I misheard that remark that the force was on the foot even though it started on the shin. It couldn't be like that, but yet it is. What utter bollix.
Paul Birmingham
23 Posted 04/09/2022 at 09:40:07
Colin, agreed and spot on.

Barry Rathbone
24 Posted 04/09/2022 at 09:40:25
For those moaning about VAR it’s true it won’t get EVERY decision correct but more technical ones like offsides it will.

If VAR had been around in the Clive Thomas semi final the entire history of the 2 clubs might be different as we would have won.

VAR is the greatest advancement in football since the advent of snazzy footy boots

Allan Board
25 Posted 04/09/2022 at 09:51:55
The Sky League is completely corrupt- and they are ALL in on it. The shite, Chelsea and man City should all of lost yesterday and or had players sent off.
I used to think Alan Shearer was above it,but it seems his heads been turned by greed - Murphy is just a wanker full stop. Lineker just does what he's told.
The Sky hero boys are that full of shit- have you noticed how they all come across as ex player hard men? Let's get it right, Silly little middle aged men who think they are all "Johnny concrete"- a couple of useful young lads would put them in their place.
The sooner they all fuck off to the European Super League the better.
Kunal Desai
26 Posted 04/09/2022 at 09:55:17
In the context of the bigger picture we need take, whether it be a great performance or an absolute abject one 3 points at home against Westham or Southampton.

We are one of two clubs yet to register a win. After Southampton we then go into a difficult run if fixtures.

There is no if, buts or maybes. This side will have to start producing wins and it must start with West ham at home.

Allan Board
27 Posted 04/09/2022 at 10:01:19
The trouble with sport in general now is there are thousands of has beens,earning thousands, talking bollucks as if they are all some messiah of wisdom.
Brian Harrison
28 Posted 04/09/2022 at 10:05:35
I said on Friday our mindset would be as important as the team selection or the formation, and after about 15 minutes to the 96th minute our mindset was spot on. I think the average age of our starting 11 was 24 which is really encouraging, and bodes well for the future.

I hope 4-3-3 is now going to be how we set up for all our future games, as it allows us to have more players getting forward than a 5-2-3. I thought there were a lot of good performances right through the team.

Coady and Tarkowski give us a solid pairing in the middle and in Patterson and Mykolenko we have two very good young fullbacks. I thought Mykolenko kept Salah very quiet for the majority of the game and Patterson is like a young Seamus with his forward runs.

I thought Davies had another decent game and seems to be getting better as he gets older. Onana is looking like he can be anything he wants to be, has all the tools to be a very special player.

Gana Gueye looked like he had never been away just slotted right back into his central midfield role. He is a naturally fit player and his experience will be a big help to Onana.

Iwobi continues to amaze, I doubt if many Blues would have complained if he had been moved on 12 months ago, Lampard and his coaches deserve a lot of credit in the improvements in Iwobi but the player deserves the most credit for turning his game around.

Gordon continues to improve and I was a little surprised Lampard withdrew him when he did but maybe with all thats go on regarding the transfer speculation maybe Lampard was right. Gray is a real enigma he looks one minute like a world beater and the next like an average wide player.

Thought McNeil did ok when he came on, I guess it looks like Brighton supporters warning was right about Maupay works hard but isn't clinical enough in front of goal. I think at 5ft 7ins you need to be either quick or clinical but sadly Maupay has neither. But you can't expect anything else when you spend such a little amount of money on a striker.

Moshiri asked to judge him on the close of the window, my take is 7 out of 10 if we had enough to have got a quality striker it could have been at least 9 out of 10. But Lampard and Thelwell seem to be moving the club in the right direction in a short space of time, just hope our lack of goals doesn't put us in trouble.

Brent Stephens
29 Posted 04/09/2022 at 10:08:03
Allan "The trouble with sport in general now is there are thousands of has beens,earning thousands, talking bollucks"

I feel like a never-was, who has empty pockets and who can still often talk bollocks. But my wife loves me (I think).

Bernard Dooley
30 Posted 04/09/2022 at 12:39:44
Kunal Desai @26

Kunal is surely right. The improvements are there to see, but now is the time to translate performances into points.18 clubs in the Premier League have recorded at least one win. Sadly, we are not one of them.

Joe McMahon
31 Posted 04/09/2022 at 13:03:10
Kunal and Bernard, unfortunately our next game (probably) won't change things. We haven't won at Arsenal since 1986. Another of the shocking records we hold.

Surely we have to start taking points at grounds we never do sometime in our lifetime.

John McFarlane Snr
32 Posted 04/09/2022 at 13:15:49
Hi Allan [27] & Brent [29] it seems that the so-called pundits are attempting to muscle in on my ability of never missing a goal-scoring opportunity, or mistiming a tackle, from my seat in the Park End.

It would appear that they must have been selected to partake in the TV football shows because they never made a mistake in their careers, and we should be grateful to them for sharing their knowledge.

Mike Dolan
33 Posted 04/09/2022 at 13:16:39
I believe we have had an amazingly good window. Every one of our players played well. Maupay was not as sharp as he will be. He was unlucky not to score but he did get himself into scoring positions and he’ll cause chaos feeding and feeding off DCL.
I am so happy and proud this morning that we were very competitive through the entire game against a world class team.
Fantastic job by the team and the coaching staff.
The only real downer was the sub-par officiating that was really very poor that once again and way below any acceptable measurement. The game as an institution is sold short by shockingly bad officiating. The clubs must get together and demand higher standards.
Neil Copeland
34 Posted 04/09/2022 at 13:41:07
Joe, you are right about our record being very poor away at Arsenal but we did win there under Carlo.

No reason why we shouldn’t cause an upset if we play like we did yesterday, not many teams will be able to deal with that level of commitment and desire.

Ajay Gopal
35 Posted 04/09/2022 at 15:22:25
Lyndon, a superbly written match report, right up there with your best. You are a real wordsmith.

" an afternoon where both goals seemed to live a charmed life, both goalkeepers had to underline their world-class credentials and the fortitude of the Goodison Park woodwork was tested at both ends". That is so much more balanced than the mainstream media trying to make it all about Pickford, a sly way to trying to project that it was all one way traffic. It most certainly was not! They had some lucky breaks - some deflections that took the ball away from goal - the Patterson and McNeil shots were arrowing into the top corner - but for Van Dijk's arse and James Milner's (I think) hand getting in the way.

One comment that I don't agree with your report, LL, ". the debutant (Maupay) had the first chance of the game, a shot he scuffed across goal following good work by Demarai Gray". I believe it was a deliberate cross by Maupay across the box, and if Gordon had been a bit more alert and had a proper striker's instinct, that would have been a tap in.

All in all, I agree, a hugely encouraging performance by everyone involved. Not 1 bad performance. Liverpool, I think have weakened this season - Mane was their main man, and a huge mistake by Klopp to let him go.

Looking at the players available, I think a 4-4-2 might well suit the team:


Patterson Coady Tarkowski Mykolenko

Davies Gueye Iwobi Onana

Gordon Calvert-Lewin (or Maupay)

With Doucoure, Garner, McNeil, Gray - all excellent options to come off the bench.

Danny O’Neill
36 Posted 04/09/2022 at 15:38:27
BT tried the scraped down the shin, so the impact was on the foot not the shin explanation. I couldn't do anything other than a Klopp style nervous laugh. Beggars belief it really does.

I'm staying on the positive juice, but VAR or no VAR, this fixture haunts us when it comes to officials and decisions going against us.

Pickford was undoubtedly our best player, closely followed by Patterson as I said on Michael's report.

But I agree with Lyndon about his distribution. He played a couple that met Gray but mostly yesterday, he reverted to his Rugby player seeking to gain territory by kicking into touch. But that's nit-picking a tremendous performance.

Allan Board
37 Posted 04/09/2022 at 17:07:49
Hi John@32- once more eloquently phrased and described! Hats off to you Sir!
"Show me a person who's never made a mistake and I'll show you a liar" —
Sort of sums up the entire Sports media circus.

I would just like to concentrate on my beloved Everton really, but the swines with the money won't let me! A horrible lot indeed!

More importantly though, I think the team is heading in the right direction allied to a long term plan by the coaching staff- long overdue!

Jay Evans
38 Posted 04/09/2022 at 17:47:56
A couple of things …

Whilst on the subject of pundits, may I refer you to last night's MotD and one Mr Danny Murphy. After dissecting the current, stuttering form of our charmless neighbours, he gleefully reminded Gary Lineker that despite their start to the season, they “still haven't lost a game.”

It took a second or two for his pea-sized brain to recall the Man Utd game from a few weeks back and then he corrected himself but that is what we are up against with some of these so-called experts.

As for the game yesterday, I have mixed feelings really. Despite the fact that I thought we were excellent, I have never, ever, ever been more convinced that we will never again triumph over the club of the devil. We are quite simply, vexed when it comes to that crowd.

Finally, the midfield that finished the game yesterday should start at Arsenal as far as I'm concerned. Tom was much improved yesterday but should have scored and he also shit out of a header on 48 minutes which is unforgivable, particularly in a derby.

Up them Toffees. 💙

Adam Oakensworth
39 Posted 04/09/2022 at 22:15:24
Joe 31 - We beat them away 2 seasons ago and also in 1996 when Kanchelskis scored a wordly at the end
Paul Kernot
40 Posted 04/09/2022 at 22:23:32
Yes, Pickford was certainly MotM but I love Nathan Patterson. He's strong, athletic and hard, a decent defender but loves getting in the box and having a go.

I reckon he'll score 3 or 4 this season. A great buy to replace Seamus, and the old master will also help him improve.

Jamie Sweet
41 Posted 05/09/2022 at 04:16:07
Perhaps due to the heroics from Pickford and the fantastic display from Patterson (deservedly) receiving the majority of the plaudits, I think the performance of another one of our young players has flown slightly under the radar.

I thought it was a hugely encouraging performance by Amadou Onana.

He's just turned 21, been in the country 5 minutes. Less than 20 top-flight starts in his young career. Playing his first Merseyside derby – incomparable to any other game he would have experienced in France or Germany.

He then gets booked on 38 minutes. I thought that could knock his confidence and affect the way he played. But I thought he only got better, and grew into the game the longer it went on.

Then that Dutch prick decided to leave one on him. He was obviously in a lot of pain. Could have said "That's me done for the day." But he got back up, hobbling, and then proceeded to put in some hefty challenges of his own. Not dangerous tackles for retribution, but proper decent challenges.

Despite a few nervy moments in his first few appearances, I'm starting to like him a lot already. I think we've got a potential superstar there.

Si Cooper
42 Posted 05/09/2022 at 04:39:06
Is it Sky who are the problem or TV coverage in general as it is clear you tend to get the same claptrap whichever channel you are watching it on?

For me, Van Dijk's challenge was in the ‘orange' zone – you've seen players walk for very much the same (and less) but it wasn't a full-on lunge, nor was it airborne or two-footed.

I don't care a hoot for Van Dijk but, for me, I couldn't see anything ‘deliberate' about it – he was just too slow and clumsy on this occasion.

I'd still call Taylor for favouritism because I didn't think Onana's challenge deserved a booking. That was just a fraction late and about his first offence of the game.

I don't think there is any conspiracy but the favoured get the better treatment through the common human failing of confirmation bias. Highly paid professional referees should be better trained to overcome it, but they obviously aren't. I think that probably comes down to hubris and simple closing of ranks.

Rennie Smith
43 Posted 05/09/2022 at 09:17:43
Most positive aspect for me was Coady and Tarkowski. They are constantly talking to the full-backs, gee'ing them up and praising them for their work.

Along with Pickford they seem like a real unit. This is a mile away from last season – I think Keane is actually a good defender but he's far too quiet and doesn't have the same authority as these 2. So let's hope they stay fit and stay tight.

The other point is Gueye, Tom had a great game but you could see when Gueye came on just how comfortable he is in that holding role. He's been playing with Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, for fuck’s sake, so he should know how to defend!

Tony Abrahams
44 Posted 05/09/2022 at 18:08:53
A Liverpudlian was saying to me that Pickford was celebrating like he'd won the World Cup. I told him that it probably had nothing whatsoever to do with the result, but more that he's just got rid of Holgate, Mina and Keane, and he has now got Coady and Tarkowski playing in front of him, Rennie?

First time I've watched Onana, Jamie, and I thought the kid was absolutely brilliant. He looks like he can do absolutely everything, you want to see from a good midfielder, and looking back he probably impressed me more than any other player on the pitch.

Andrew Ellams
45 Posted 05/09/2022 at 18:14:07
Tony, just remind them of the time Klopp had the whole team back on the pitch to celebrate a home draw with West Brom.

How Liverpool’s awkward ‘celebration’ of draw to West Brom helped make Anfield a fortress and the Reds Premier League and Champions League winners

Tony Abrahams
46 Posted 05/09/2022 at 18:24:23
I actually said that, before I made that statement, Andrew.

Looking a bit further into Saturday's game, I find it incredible that Everton are under so much pressure with regards FFP, when you consider that just Alisson and Van Dijk cost just as much (possibly more?) as the thirteen players Everton used on Saturday.

Joe McMahon
47 Posted 05/09/2022 at 18:24:27
Tony@44 Ha Ha, absolutely why he was celebrating.
Jay Harris
48 Posted 05/09/2022 at 18:34:15
Tony, totally agree with you about Onana and with Gueye in there it wont be long before he adds a few goals to his game.

I have to give a shout out to Tom Davies though. The lad never gives less than 100% despite all the abuse he takes on here and as for criticising him for the shot off the post, some posters it seems have never actually played the game.

Tom was really stretchig to get to that ball and could only get it with his right foot. If it had gone in, they would have all been saying what a great goal but for the sake of a couple of inches it is a "bad miss" in some people's eyes.

For the Arsenal game, I think we need to shore up the midfield and just play 1 up front so I would give Tom another start and bring Doucouré on as sub when legs tire.

Oliver Molloy
49 Posted 05/09/2022 at 19:03:19
Pickford needs to calm down - if I was a defender I would be telling to fuck up.

Van Dijk should have been off.
Maupay should have scored.
Onana is looking the business.
Widemouth will be sacked.
VAR is a joke.
Can we beat the gunners?

Spuds, cornish pastie, carrots, brocoli and gravy for my dinner.

Chris Leyland
50 Posted 05/09/2022 at 19:22:30
Came across this article about Everton in the Irish Examiner. A great read:

A new Everton we can finally get on board with

Jay Evans
51 Posted 05/09/2022 at 19:24:30
What type of spuds, Oliver?
Oliver Molloy
52 Posted 05/09/2022 at 20:13:00
Ok Jay
IrIsh maris piper - any tips?

Is it just me or am I missing something?
I find it really worrying that the VD assault has not been brought up on radio today.

Si Cooper
53 Posted 05/09/2022 at 23:26:52
Oliver (49), isn't Pickford currently captain? It's part of his duties, and personally I'd prefer we have a surfeit of ‘talkers' rather than not enough. It's a team game; communication is more important than individual egos.

I'm sure the likes of Coady and Tarkowski have enough about them to let him know if he oversteps.

I'm happy for him to be well chuffed by his sterling contribution on the day. First clean sheet of the season and another step in the right direction.

Also noticed how Mason Holgate obviously deliberately waited to personally ‘welcome' him off the pitch after he had to do that after match / on the pitch interview and receive his Man of the mMatch award.

Oh, and I heard an interview with Keith Hackett on Radio 5 about the current criticism of the VARs and refs not getting things right where the interviewer pointedly inserted Van Dijk's lucky avoidance of a red card. Agree with Hackett; it's poor quality officials, not some media led conspiracy.

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