Everton defender Michael Keane praises “unreal” teammates after derby draw


The Toffees had the much better possibilities in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Sunday however their run without beating the Reds was encompassed 22 matches.

Everton defender Michael Keane confesses they were dissatisfied not to have actually beaten Liverpool and ended their long Merseyside derby dry spell.

The Toffees had the very best 2 possibilities in a goalless draw of couple of chances at Goodison Park which extended the hosts’ run to 22 matches without success in all competitions against their near-neighbours.

However for goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who conserved Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s backheel, and a post, which Tom Davies struck from the rebound, Everton might have been commemorating a popular win– albeit in an empty arena.

Keane accepted prior to the match they would most likely have actually opted for a point against the runaway champions- choose, however on reflection it seemed a missed out on chance.

“You’d have thought so (being pleased with the draw) if you’d told us before the game this would be the outcome – but we are disappointed we have not won it,” Keane informed evertonfc.com.

” I understand they had a great deal of the ball however our work-rate and shape were unbelievable. Considering it was our first game in 3 months our physical fitness was first class.

” And we had the very best possibilities. I do not remember them having a clear- cut opportunity, we had 2 excellent ones.

“It is a decent result but we wanted to win and, after the chances we had, we are a bit disappointed we didn’t.”

Considering That Carlo Ancelotti took charge in December, Everton have won 5 and drawn 4 of their 12 league matches with beats coming against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Italian understands they need to enhance results against the tops however was motivated by the durability and organisation the players revealed against Liverpool, ending up being just the 3rd club this season to take points off Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

“This is important, we competed also against Manchester United (a 1-1 draw the last time they played at home in March) and I think when we are focused, when we work well together we are a good team and we can compete,” stated Ancelotti.

” Obviously we didn’t have a great deal of possibilities to play as we desired however defensively we were truly excellent.

” We need to win games, it is ourgoal To attempt to have points and to attempt to win.

“The period before the lockdown we played against top teams and we didn’t win, now it is time to win and climb the table.”

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