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Everton would take a draw against Liverpool, says Toffees boss Frank Lampard

23 April 2022

Everton boss Frank Lampard says he would be delighted with a draw away to Liverpool in his first Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Everton, 17th in the Premier League, have not won away since August and could be in the drop zone by kick-off.

When asked if he’d take a point before kick-off, the Toffees boss replied: “What do you think? Of course.”

Liverpool have won 11 out of their past 12 Premier League games and trail leaders Manchester City by a point.

“It is a team that has just put four past Manchester United. You have to respect them as a team, it is an incredible team,” added Lampard.

“I have played Liverpool, managed against Liverpool a few times, and it is always daunting in terms of you respect the level of player and manager they have.”

Lampard last visited Anfield when his Chelsea side lost 5-3 in July 2020 as the Reds celebrated their first title in 30 years.

The game involved a memorable touchline argument in which he was heard shouting expletives at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Lampard played down any animosity, however, saying: “I have seen Jurgen since then when I was managing Chelsea and everything is fine.

“We understand the passionate nature of the game and that’s what I like – we can maybe get things wrong but we all move on because we understand what this game can do at times.”

With the two sides at opposite ends of the table, the stakes in what will be the 240th Merseyside derby could be said to be higher than usual.

“It was always very intense and, yes, this one is important for both,” Klopp said, “but I cannot remember when it was not important for us.

“Maybe a little bit more but always intense. These derbies never lacked intensity, to be honest.”

Liverpool would go into the game four points behind Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s men beat Watford on Saturday.

“I didn’t expect us to win the League Cup, be in an FA Cup final, semi-final of the Champions League and one point behind the leader of the table,” said Klopp.

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“We love the situation we are in. You cannot plan it that you are still in and around everything. What we know, there’s nothing really achieved so far yet, or it’s not a lot.”

Frank Lampard insists ‘I am a realist’, admitting he would be happy for his Everton side to draw against ‘incredible’ Liverpool in the Merseyside derby… despite knowing it could leave Toffees in the drop zone
Everton travel to Anfield to take on local rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon
Liverpool are challenging for the title, while Everton are in a relegation battle
Given the form of the two teams, Frank Lampard has admitted he’d take a point
This result would leave Everton in the relegation zone if Burnley beat Wolves
Everton manager Frank Lampard would happily take a draw in the 240th Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield.

The Toffees have registered just six points on the road all season – their last win coming in August under previous boss Rafael Benitez – while their near neighbours have dropped just six points (three draws) at home in the last 12 months.

Everton’s prospects are not helped by the fact they are mired in a relegation battle and could be in the bottom three by the time Sunday’s game kicks off.

‘It is a tough game we are going into, make no bones about that.

‘It is a team that has just put four past Manchester United. You have to respect them as a team, it is an incredible team, an incredible squad with options and an incredible manager.

‘I am a realist. You understand the position we are in in the league and the table is a reflection of where you are at.

‘I have played Liverpool, managed against Liverpool a few times and it is always daunting in terms of you respect the level of player and manager they have.

‘As much as people say ‘daunting’ I don’t want to use that word because it is the challenge why we are in this game, not always have it your own way.

‘You get tested in this game and it is a game I, and we as a squad, will get tested.’

Lampard’s last visit to Anfield as a manager came in the summer of 2020 when Chelsea lost 5-3 on the night of Liverpool’s formal title celebrations in an empty stadium after ending a 30-year wait.

The match was as memorable for a touchline bust-up with Jurgen Klopp in which Lampard was heard shouting expletives at the Reds boss.

That, however, is water under the bridge but when asked how he felt about going back with a full crowd, the former Chelsea boss added: ‘So nothing can be heard on the videos afterwards?

‘I can’t preach staying on the right side of the line and then say it was fine for me to maybe get it wrong. All of us do.

‘I think if you are human and you are in this job you know what it means for yourself, what it means for the squad and the fans.

‘It was well-meaning at the time, probably a bit misguided from my point of view but I have seen lots of managers do that.

‘I have seen Jurgen since then when I was managing Chelsea and everything is fine.

‘We understand the passionate nature of the game and that’s what I like – we can maybe get things wrong but we all move on because we understand what this game can do at times.’

Lampard heads to Anfield without injured midfielders Donny Van De Beek and Andre Gomes and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton are currently 17th and without an away win since August

Everton boss Frank Lampard says he would be delighted with a draw away to Liverpool in his first Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Everton, 17th in the Premier League, have not won away since August and could be in the drop zone by kick-off.

When asked if he’d take a point before kick-off, the Toffees boss replied: “What do you think? Of course.”

Liverpool have won 11 out of their past 12 Premier League games and trail leaders Manchester City by a point.

“It is a team that has just put four past Manchester United. You have to respect them as a team, it is an incredible team,” added Lampard.

“I have played Liverpool, managed against Liverpool a few times, and it is always daunting in terms of you respect the level of player and manager they have.”

Lampard last visited Anfield when his Chelsea side lost 5-3 in July 2020 as the Reds celebrated their first title in 30 years.

The game involved a memorable touchline argument in which he was heard shouting expletives at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Lampard played down any animosity, however, saying: “I have seen Jurgen since then when I was managing Chelsea and everything is fine.

Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp had a touchline row in Liverpool’s 5-3 win over Chelsea in 2020

“We understand the passionate nature of the game and that’s what I like – we can maybe get things wrong but we all move on because we understand what this game can do at times.”

With the two sides at opposite ends of the table, the stakes in what will be the 240th Merseyside derby could be said to be higher than usual.

“It was always very intense and, yes, this one is important for both,” Klopp said, “but I cannot remember when it was not important for us.

“Maybe a little bit more but always intense. These derbies never lacked intensity, to be honest.”

Liverpool would go into the game four points behind Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s men beat Watford on Saturday.

“I didn’t expect us to win the League Cup, be in an FA Cup final, semi-final of the Champions League and one point behind the leader of the table,” said Klopp.

“We love the situation we are in. You cannot plan it that you are still in and around everything. What we know, there’s nothing really achieved so far yet, or it’s not a lot.”

 

 

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