Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed Ben Godfrey as “fantastic” for his performance in the Merseyside thriller against Liverpool on Saturday.
Despite trailing on two separate occasions, the Toffees managed to grind out a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park against rivals Liverpool in the Premier League.
Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were both on the scoresheet for the Toffees to cancel out goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, while Reds captain Jordan Henderson had a goal in stoppage time chalked off by VAR.
Everton may have lost their 100 per cent winning start to the season and also seen Richarlison sent off in the fixture, but they remain top of the table with 13 points from five games and went toe-to-toe with last year’s champions.
Godfrey was another success story from the weekend result, as he made his Everton debut in the cauldron of a Merseyside fixture and impressed out of position.
The 22-year-old centre-back filled in at right-back when he replaced injury captain Seamus Coleman on the 30th minute mark and quickly made himself popular with supporters for his encouraging performance.
Ancelotti was asked what he made of Godfrey’s debut, responding with huge praise for the younger:
“Fantastic. We signed him as a centre-back not a right-back, but he has quality to play in that position, He had a little problem when he went on the pitch at the beginning, but second-half was really good. Congratulations to him, he was ready and he’ll be ready for the future,” he said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Godfrey showed his serious potential with his Everton debut and to step into an unfamiliar position against Liverpool showed a lot about his character.
His long-term future will be competing for a spot in the heart of the defence and after today’s performance there could be a strong argument to suggest the English youngster should be ahead of teammate Yerry Mina in the pecking order.
It was a game to forget for Colombian Mina at the back, which is why manager Ancelotti may have a big decision to make further down the line.