Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has earned huge plaudits for his performance in Saturday’s Merseyside Derby against Liverpool.
Pickford made his sixth start of the season for Frank Lampard’s side to maintain his 100% Premier League appearance record.
The only game he’s missed so far was the Carabao Cup second-round tie against Fleetwood Town.
Pickford is looking to retain his spot at the top of England’s goalkeeping pecking order ahead of the World Cup in November.
Competition is coming from the likes of Aaron Ramsdale at Arsenal and Nick Pope at Newcastle.
Declan Carr, a freelance sports journalist, commended Pickford for an ‘unreal’ spell during the second half of the game.
Meanwhile, another sports journalist, Josh Bunting, said the ‘keeper’s ‘superb afternoon’ against the Reds demonstrated ‘why he’s England’s number one’.
And he agreed with Carr that he’d put on a ‘stunning’ exhibition of saves.
The stats suggest that Pickford should be a man of the match contender for the Toffees.
Indeed, his SofaScore rating of 9.1/10 was the highest in either team by a considerable margin.
Pickford made eight saves over the course of the match and, impressively, seven of those came from shots inside the penalty area.
The £100,000-per-week man may only have completed nine passes over the course of the game, but he did manage to pick out five accurate long balls too.
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