Liverpool had almost nothing to play for, and it showed. Jurgen Klopp’s lineup was clearly of the “B team” variety. The commentary team suggested, multiple times, that the latest iteration of the Merseyside Derby was being treated like a training session for the Reds. And yet, Everton sleep-walked through a majority of the afternoon.
Only in the match’s final 10 or 15 minutes did the Blues come alive and start to challenge a Liverpool defense that has had issues all season. Why did it take so long? And why did it take the appearance of Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the attack to show any teeth? Because Everton’s coaches and players came into the game thinking that they were the worse team and had no business trying to win. It’s a shame, because this may have been the best chance for them to turn the city Blue in quite a long time.
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Monday’s Toffee Bites
James Out To Replicate Wales Heroics In Cup Semi Final - EvertonFC.com
Angharad James hopes she can take her World Cup qualifying heroics with Wales into Everton’s FA Women’s Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
Everton Plotting Summer Move for West Ham Man - SI.com
The original source of this information leaves a lot to be desired.
Mayor Anderson under fire for hinting council may fund Everton stadium - Liverpool Echo
The mayor suggested the council could step in as a 'plan B' if the club's funding fell through.
This was Everton's chance against Liverpool - The Independent
Sometimes explanations need only to be short so let’s start with one. Sam Allardyce might have convinced himself it is only a minority of Evertonians that don’t want him but he is wrong.
Wayne Rooney a derby disappointment as cowardly Everton draw a blank - ESPN
Wayne Rooney had an afternoon to forget and Everton fans were left frustrated with their side's cowardice in a disappointing draw against Liverpool.
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