Jamie Carragher has underlined the importance of Carlo Ancelotti in Everton’s bid for the top four.

Carragher ran the rule over the contenders for the Champions League places on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

He’d just watched the Toffees beat Southampton 1-0, thanks to an early goal from Richarlison.

That means that if Everton win their game in hand, they’d be inside the top four.

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“I think they may just fall short,” said Carragher when asked if Everton would finish in the top four.

“The squad of players they’ve got isn’t as good as some of the other sides up there – Liverpool and Chelsea.


“But the manager they’ve got, look at his record, how much impact he had on the derby game and at Everton. The last couple of games pushed his win percentage over 50 per cent.

“No Everton manager has got close to that since Howard Kendall’s first spell, Everton’s best ever manager. If they are to get the top four a lot of it will be down to Ancelotti. With that man in charge, anything’s possible.”

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Ancelotti has experience of title chases and European finals – so he’ll definitely know how to keep his nerve in the race for the Champions League.

That class and knowhow will hopefully rub off on his players, who have a real chance of making it into the top four.

The other priority is sorting out the home form. Last night was a good start, but it should be noted that Southampton are on the worst form of any Premier League club.

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