‘It was a reality check’: Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman hits out at Toffees for unambitious Merseyside derby display and for having ‘no belief’ away from home following 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield
- Sean Dyche lost his second game in charge of Everton in the Merseyside derby
- Goals from Mo Salah and Cody Gakpo sealed a convincing win over Everton
- Leon Osman was expecting Everton to put on a stronger performance at Anfield
Leon Osman believes Everton’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was a ‘reality check’.
The former Everton midfielder also hit out at Sean Dyche’s side for showing ‘no belief’ as Liverpool registered their first Premier League win of 2023.
There had been growing optimism around Everton as they came into the Merseyside derby on the back of beating league leaders Arsenal 1-0 in Dyche’s first game in charge.
However, goals from Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo ensured an unambitious Everton left Anfield with nothing.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Osman said: ‘We were expecting Everton to come and put a performance in.
Leon Osman believes Everton’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was a ‘reality check’
Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo both scored to inflict defeat on their Merseyside rivals Everton
‘I thought maybe it would be likes Leeds’ win here, but it was disappointing, it was a bit of a reality check. It’s three points from two very difficult fixtures, that’s the positive.’
The Toffees are floundering in 18th and must turn a corner to have any hopes of staying in the Premier League come the end of the season.
Osman emphasised the importance of Everton sorting out their form away from Goodison Park too.
‘I think I look at Everton this season and that’s been an Achilles heel with regards to away form,’ he added.
‘They’ve only won two in 28 games. There is no belief away from home. There’s no belief that when they run forward they’ll be covered behind them. There’s no belief that the team can stay in the game.
‘Looking at those fixtures at teams in and around them, it’s just as important Everton don’t lose them because Everton have been really poor against those in and around.
‘They lost to Bournemouth, lost to Southampton at home, lost to Wolves at home. When you look at Everton moving forward, they’ve got to be much better in those games.’
Everton host Leeds and Aston Villa next before a trip to Arsenal where they will hope to the double over the in-form league leaders.
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