Everton boss Marco Silva has said that his side didn’t deserve to lose at Anfield in the Merseyside derby this afternoon and says that he hopes Evertonians feel they saw a better performance than in recent years.
Evertonians have come away from Anfield far too often in recent years not believing their side put in enough effort or showed enough attacking intent, but that can’t be said today.
The Blues put on one of the best away derby performances of recent years, but it wasn’t enough to counter the strangest goal seen in a Merseyside derby since Pepe Reina dropped Lee Carsley’s shot onto Andy Johnson’s head in the Goodison derby a decade ago.
A mishit from Virgil Van Dyk looped onto Jordan Pickford’s crossbar, but instead of watching it go aimlessly behind, the England stopper palmed it back onto the bar and into play for Divock Origi to score in the 95th minute and break Everton hearts.
But the performance from Everton was strong, and Silva, speaking to Sky Sports TV directly after the game said that he hoped the Everton fans watching would be glad to see their side go to Anfield and try to win.
He said, “They didn’t deserve [to lose] and I’m proud of them.
“The main thing in football is always the result but I hope our fans saw it as different to some of the games they saw in the last few seasons.
“My players work really hard and like we promised before the match it is our goal to come here and challenge them to play..
“If I remember the first two chances were for us. In the second half we had the better team on the pitch and after 65 or 70 minutes we had the game under control.
“To be honest we didn’t deserve this result, and a draw would have been a fair result.
“Tomorrow is a new day and we have to prepare for Wednesdays’ match.
“It’s a bad moment for Jordan but I told him, in many games you have been amazing, and this afternoon he was very good as well but that’s football.
“It’s a lucky, lucky day for Liverpool because they don’t deserve the win.
“We did well, it was a tough atmosphere for us but our players came here and did what we expect of them. “
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