Everton recorded a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool in Saturday afternoon’s Merseyside showdown – and some of their club’s supporters on Twitter praised defender Ben Godfrey for his performance on debut.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side went into the fixture with a run of four wins from four in the Premier League, but that has been halted by defending champions and bitter rivals Liverpool.
The visitors were ahead at Goodison Park within the opening couple of minutes, as attacker Sadio Mane finished off an eye-catching move with a rifled finish inside the box before Everton responded in the first-half with Michael Keane’s powerful header from a corner,
The Reds regained their lead through Mohamed Salah’s volley in the 72nd minute, but in-form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin rescued a point for Everton with what’s becoming a trademark headed goal.
There was drama late on following a straight red card to Richarlison, plus Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had his goal in injury time chalked off by VAR for an offside in the build up.
Godfrey, who only joined from Norwich City for £25million (BBC) at the beginning of the month, was thrown straight into the deep end on his debut for Everton.
With club captain Seamus Coleman forced off injured after half an hour, Ancelotti turned to Godfrey to enter the action at full-back and he slotted into a right-back role despite being a centre-back by trade.
The 22-year-old was a regular in a Norwich side that were comprehensively relegated from the top-flight last season, but he’s shown he’s got Premier League quality and he could end up being an astute piece of business by the Toffes.
Here are some Everton fans discussing Godfrey’s debut for them:
Well played Godfrey there
— Nick (@NickEFC_) October 17, 2020
Great run there by Godfrey. Very promising for the future.
— Ste Hardy (@Ste_HardyEFC) October 17, 2020
Godfrey. A star.
— AP (@ApEfc) October 17, 2020
Really really like the look of Godfrey so far
— bobs♡ (@bobbi_efc__) October 17, 2020
Godfrey is boss btw , he just glides past them
— efcryan (@RyanEFC3) October 17, 2020
Been very impressed with Ben Godfrey so far here
— Everton Insight (@EvertonInsight) October 17, 2020
Ben Godfrey 👏🏻 Keane 👏🏻 Calvert Lewin👏🏻James 👏🏻 Allan 👏🏻
— Jack Shaw (@Jack_shaw20) October 17, 2020
Great. Another draw. 23 straight without a win. Pickford nearly bottles it again after 93 good minutes. Richarlison is an idiot. Godfrey did well on debut. Feed DCL and he’ll make good things happen. #EVELIV #UTFT
— Blake (@BlakeEM_) October 17, 2020