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Pickford’s howler shouldn’t overshadow a spirited Everton performance

Pickford’s howler shouldn’t overshadow a spirited Everton performance

It would’ve been a bitter pill to swallow for everyone involved with Everton Football Club who watched goalkeeper Jordan Pickford make a mess of that Virgil van Dijk shot which gave Liverpool a 96th-minute derby win.

But as much as disappointment and sadness cover the feeling after the match from an Evertonian perspective, the fans can be proud and optimistic about what they saw from Marco Silva’s charges at Anfield on Sunday.

Apart from Liverpool having the majority of possession and mainly dictating play, not many teams have gone to Anfield to create as good chances as Everton did. Everton weren’t outplayed, to say the least. Instead, they showed the progression they have made since the start of the season.

In the end, one can certainly say that Silva and his team deserved to have won a point from the match and the was Divock Origi freak goal nothing of a resemblance of how the match was going until that point.

Clear-cut chances in the first-half could easily have put Everton in the lead if Andre Gomes, Theo Walcott and Richarlison were more clinical in their efforts.

Klopp’s men had chances of their own but none that really troubled Pickford and that should be an encouraging sign for Silva, who has already done a terrific job in his short tenure of changing the way Everton play.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Everton should take a lot of positives from the Liverpool clash to use to their advantage. They showed at Chelsea a few weeks ago that they are more than capable of dealing with the pressures of a playing against a big Premier League team.

And to have looked that lively and dangerous against a top team like Liverpool this season isn’t a fluke or a pinch of luck.

Under Silva, the Toffees will continue to grow, especially with the current group of players, and will they continue to be a difficult team to crack. The club may have had to wait a long time for him but it’s clear that Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright have a vision for the club, one strong enough not be undone by one freakish mistake.

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