Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has spoken out and apologised for the error he made which led to Liverpool snatching a 95th minute win in the Merseyside derby yesterday.
Everton had put in a solid performance at Anfield, and one which has not been seen in many a year, and looked likely to earn a point against a side claiming to have title ambitions, but a rush of blood to the head saw Divock Origi steal in to snatch victory for the home side.
Virgil Van Dyk’s miss-hit, looping, shot confused Pickford, and while in slow motion appeared to be heading the safe side of the crossbar, in the heat of the moment Pickford scrambled the ball off the bar, but only back into play.
Anfield erupted and Evertonians sunk to their knees, and none were more sorrowful looking than Pickford, who mouthed the word “sorry ” to the visiting fans at the end.
There has been an outpouring of support for Pickford on social media and our own Everton forum, but the former Sunderland man wanted to apologise.
Speaking after the match, he said, “I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield.
“It was a freak one, really. It had hit the bar twice and I tried to flick it over. The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar. It’s unfortunate but I am strong mentally.
“I just want to say sorry to the Everton fans. I think you could see our progression as a group, the chances we created and the football we played. That’s a positive but what can I do?
“There is always a case as a goalkeeper if you make an error it will lead to a goal. Unfortunately, it has been me today but I will be ready for Newcastle on Wednesday.
“We know we held our own against a good Liverpool side for 96 minutes. I will say sorry to the Everton fans again because I know how much it means to them. As players, we know how much it means to us. You make mistakes every now and again. It’s not something you can learn and train and get better from. It’s just a freak incident.”