Jamie Carragher has blasted the Everton players after they put in a rare positive performance against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Toffees frustrated Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield but ultimately fell to a 2-0 defeat after Andy Robertson opened the scoring in the 62nd minute before Divock Origi sealed the win for the hosts.
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Frank Lampard’s men looked dangerous on the counter-attack, resilient in defence and did everything in their power to annoy the opposition players and the Anfield crowd.
Everton are now in the bottom three, two points behind Burnley, with their Premier League status in great jeopardy.
After such an impressive performance against Liverpool – who are chasing a quadruple – Carragher has claimed that the Everton players have “cheated” their fans and managers this season.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “The Everton players have been cheating their manager and their fans this season.
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“To put in a performance as good as that against one of the best teams in the world at the moment and at one of the hardest places to play football? They made it so difficult for Liverpool and had a real fight today.
“They need to look at themselves because now they’re in the bottom three and they have to start fighting for their lives.”
Ex-Everton striker Kevin Campbell added: “What’s happened at Everton is nothing short of disgraceful. A lot of money has been spent on the squad and you expect them to be higher up the league. For a club like Everton not to win away from home since August is ridiculous.”
Graeme Souness says he wants the Toffees to avoid the drop, but is not holding his breath.
The former Reds captain said: “It was the easiest way to play football for Everton. They didn’t ask the players to step up and play football, everyone was back in their own half. The only threat they had was Anthony Gordon in a race with Trent Alexander-Arnold down the left.
“I’m not pooh-poohing their attitude – I’d just say it’s not that they played well. It was just about sitting in and trying to nick it. Can they do that every week? I’m not sure.
“I want Everton to survive. I lived in the city for a long time. They are a big proud football club with a fantastic history. It’s going to be difficult for them though. They can’t play like this in the last six games. They’ve got to go out and get some points.”