Sean Dyche’s tenure as Everton manager began with a promising win against Arsenal, followed by a challenging match against rival Liverpool at Anfield.
In the Liverpool match, Everton lost 2-0 and suffered their first defeat under Dyche. Liverpool’s goals were scored by Mohammed Salah and Cody Gakpo, and Everton played without their primary striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, due to injury.
Salah’s goal was a result of Jordan Pickford’s miscalculation, leaving the goal undefended. Liverpool’s first goal was scored in the 36th minute, and the momentum shifted in their favor.
Liverpool’s second goal was scored in a similar way, with a quick counter-attack after Everton lost possession. Trent Alexander-Arnold crossed from the right, and Gakpo scored.
After the loss, Everton is in 18th place with 18 points, one point behind the safety zone. Their next game is against Leeds United, who are also struggling and are direct rivals for relegation.
The next game at Goodison Park is crucial for both teams, with Leeds in 17th place and only one point ahead of Everton. Dyche has already stated what the next step is for Everton.
There is more to come, I’m sure of that but we have got to play as well. The next step is to play and be brave with the ball. We have given a lot of information to the players and it is a lot for them to take in. There is work to be done. Last week we beat Arsenal and I wasn’t jumping for joy.
No lack of effort or work ethic, it’s still tough coming here but they [Liverpool] are a great side. The home crowd were amazing [at Goodison Park] and we need our fans to do that for us away from home. We want bravery at home and away from home from our fans and their energy. The margins were tight. (via The Express)
The importance of playing at home and the support of the fans cannot be overstated in Everton’s fight against relegation. To succeed, they must be more courageous in their attacking play, particularly in front of their passionate home crowd at Goodison Park.