Lampard says Everton have ‘deserved more’ as he lauds two players against Liverpool

Date published: Saturday 3rd September 2022 3:20 - Joe Williams

Everton boss Frank Lampard claps the fans

Frank Lampard says Everton have “deserved more” this season and calls Jordan Pickford and Liverpool’s Allison “top class keepers”.

The Toffees put in a good display against the Reds in the Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon, as both teams rode their luck at times in an entertaining 0-0 draw.

Pickford and Alisson were both forced into a number of good saves as both sides hit the woodwork during the game, while Conor Coady had a goal ruled out by VAR for offside.

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And Lampard is very happy with how his Everton side are progressing and reckons it was great to see both sides “going for it”.

Lampard told BBC Sport: “I thought we were brilliant. It’s one of the best 0-0s you’re likely to see.

“Pickford made some great saves, you need your keeper to be on it in games like this. It was a real game of two teams going for it. I can’t fault the players and the spirit. We played well, we’re getting better.

“I keep saying the same thing. We’re not going from just staying up to the team we want to be. Idrissa Gueye came on and looked like a proper player and he’s not even fit yet. We had more than enough chances to get our own goal today.

“We’re trying to build up. You have to get personnel and work on the training ground. It feels like those wins will come. We feel like we deserve more – although maybe not today. The fans can see a team that fights for the badge and gives everything. That makes me proud.”

Lampard added: “An amazing game – very intense, good quality, lots of chances for both teams and incredible performances from both goalkeepers. It’s my first experience of a derby day at Goodison and the atmosphere was brilliant and the spirit and work of our players. Liverpool are a great team and we are at the beginning of the process, we’re working hard, spirit, hard work and quality and we’re playing better, we will get better.

“We wanted to be more aggressive in our approach off the ball, we didn’t want to succumb to their pressure and I thought we did that well but they will always pin you back at times. But we stuck to the game plan, the desire to stay in the game and create our own chances. I’m happy with a point because of the chances they had but I’m very happy with the team and how we’re going.

“Jordan [Pickford] gets fingertips on a few bits today which a lot of keepers don’t get and Allison the same, two top class keepers. I’ve relied on Jordan a lot he’s an amazing keeper and we’re fortunate to have a player of this level.

“I think we can want more because of the performances, they have deserved more, there’s no point harping on about things though the positive side is the way we’re going and the new players – we’re going to get better. You can’t always affect the result because of certain situations but you can affect your performance.”


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