Kevin Campbell told Toffee TV that he was really pleased by the performance of Jordan Pickford for Everton against Liverpool last weekend
The former Toffees striker will have been celebrating alongside the blue half of Merseyside after their historic derby day win.
Epic Everton effort
It was the first time Everton had won at Anfield since 1999 and their only victory of any kind over Liverpool for over a decade.
Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the victory, but it was the defensive effort from Carlo Ancelotti’s side that deserved the most recognition.
They formed an organised unit that was virtually impossible for Liverpool to break down.
Most of their chances came from outside of the area, but they were rebuffed by some excellent saves from Pickford.
Campbell was asked his thoughts about Everton’s goalkeeper after his latest heroics.
“I’ve questioned him at times,” he admitted.
“You say what you see. A couple of years ago, the mistake he made gave me one of the most difficult times in a football stadium. It was 0-0, Everton had done so well.
“But Jordan Pickford focused. When he focuses himself, he’s England’s No 1. He’s a damn good ‘keeper.
“He owed us that performance, he owed himself that performance.
“He was outstanding and mistake free which really helps. And he kept a clean sheet at Anfield which is always a sweet one.”
The error that Campbell was alluding to happened in 2018.
Everton were seconds away from salvaging a point at Liverpool.
And then Pickford palmed the ball into Divock Origi’s path, which allowed him to score a simple tap-in.
From that moment on, the 26-year-old has been under intense scrutiny and every error highlighted.
Ancelotti dropped him for a trip to Newcastle United earlier in the campaign, ending a run of 120 consecutive Premier League starts for Everton.
He was reinstated by the Italian, yet Pickford’s blooper real continued to grow.
However, his most recent display gave a timely remainder as to why he is No 1 for club and country.
Even when Liverpool did manage to break through Everton’s resistance, they couldn’t find a way past Pickford.
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