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How Everton rated in their Merseyside Derby defeat to Liverpool


How Everton rated in their Merseyside Derby defeat to Liverpool

Everton have been in excellent form in recent months, but they couldn’t break their terrible derby record as they fell to defeat once again. Although Liverpool played well, the decision to start with so many young players was a mistake from Ronald Koeman. Matthew Pennington didn’t look comfortable at the back, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin lacked the end product required. Here is how the Everton players rated on Saturday afternoon:

Joel Robles – The Spanish goalkeeper had an afternoon to forget. His positioning was questionable on a couple of the goals, while he made little effort to save any of the three goals. He made a nice save late on, but it was too little too late. 4

Matthew Pennington – It was a huge call to bring in the inexperienced centre-back and it was the wrong one from Koeman. He was too easy to beat on the dribble with the third goal coming as a direct result of this. Although he scored a goal, he was poor defensively. 5

Ashley Williams – The Welshman is rarely shaken, but he let the occasion get to him this afternoon. He was very aggressive in the tackle and lost focus in his defensive duties. 5

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Phil Jagielka – He was the most impressive of the three centre backs, winning an impressive 10 aerial duels during the match. The 34-year-old also managed to clear one off the line and was a threat at set pieces. 7

Mason Holgate – It was an enthusiastic attacking performance from the young full-back, who was one of the better performers in a Blue shirt. His final ball wasn’t the best, but there were plenty of positives to take from his display. 7

Tom Davies – The midfielder struggled to get on the ball as much as he usually does and the tactical set-up was partly to blame for that. He showed some good touches and looked to be positive on the ball, but he didn’t have the impact that he would have liked. 5

Idrissa Gueye – The Senegalese midfielder worked hard and completed seven ball retrievals during the match. His pass completion of 92% shows that he was reliable in possession, but he was caught out of position on a couple of occasions. 6

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Leighton Baines – His set piece delivery caused problems, but he didn’t impact as much from open play as he usually does. A lot of Everton’s play went down their right hand side, which meant that it was a quieter afternoon for their left back. 6

Ross Barkley – He had an afternoon to forget as he was often dispossessed due to his poor decisions in the final third. Although he has played well in recent weeks, the occasion got the better of him this afternoon and he was lucky to stay on the pitch after a few poor challenges in the first half. 3

Romelu Lukaku – He showed some good touches in the final third, but he was feeding on scraps this afternoon. It was another Merseyside derby to forget for the Belgian as he was dealt with well by the Liverpool centre-backs. 5

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – The young attacker worked hard and it is clear that he has talent, but he was pushed off the ball too easily at times. His final ball wasn’t good enough this afternoon and it may have been a better decision to start Kevin Mirallas this afternoon. 5

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Enner Valencia – The Ecuador international couldn’t make much of an impact after coming in. He completed two dribbles and tried to get his team back into the game, but he didn’t manage to do so. 5

Gareth Barry – He shored up the midfield area after coming on and helped Everton get into more dangerous positions, but it was too late for the Toffees. 6

Kevin Mirallas – The Belgian had a good chance after coming on, but like the other substitutes, it was too late to make a real impact. N/A


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