Everton defender Michael Keane has been praised by former Toffees ace Michael Ball in his latest Liverpool Echo column.
The 27-year-old centre-back had his fair share of critics last season, but he has barely put a foot wrong this term.
Keane has played every minute of Everton’s campaign so far, starting all five Premier League games so far, plus the three League Cup victories.
Against the Reds, the £65,000-a-week ace was once again in inspired form.
He scored a brilliant header to cancel out Sadio Mane’s opener at Goodison Park and kept the opposition attack at bay for much of the game.
Ball, speaking about Everton’s impressive second goal, also touched upon the improvements made by numerous Toffees players, with Keane a prime example.
“It was a fantastic team goal and it’s not the only example of the whole squad improving,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
“Michael Keane, for example, is playing at a totally different level from when he first came to the football club.”
Previously-criticised players like Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson are looking revitalised and back to their best, earning plaudits along the way.
Carlo Ancelotti has built on his decent work last season to mould Everton into a swashbuckling and well-drilled outfit, and the reward is a continued stay at the top of the table.
And with Keane penning a new contract in the summer to take him to the summer of 2025, Everton fans will have plenty more to see from the 6ft 2in powerhouse.