Jamie Carragher says Everton should have taken all three points against Liverpool

Jamie Carragher says Everton should have taken all three points against Liverpool

Jamie Carragher said that Everton should have taken all three points against Liverpool. It was a rather uninspiring return to Premier League action for Liverpool and Everton, who played out a goalless draw at an eerily-empty Goodison Park and put a dent in the visitors' title charge.
Jamie Carragher said that Everton should have taken all three points against Liverpool. It was a rather uninspiring return to Premier League action for Liverpool and Everton, who played out a goalless draw at an eerily-empty Goodison Park and put a dent in the visitors' title charge.

In fact, it was Everton who could have dealt an even bigger blow late in the game when Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Richarlison went close within a matter of minutes, and Carragher believes the hosts should have taken all three points.

He told Sky Sports: "I thought Everton deserved to win. You can talk about Liverpool having the possession, but it's about what you create and the chances that you make. Everton allowed Liverpool to have possession because they know they can't take them on in that type of game. It was easy for Liverpool to dominate possession, but when you get that much possession in the opposition's half, it's about what you can do with it.

"It was huge, getting Ancelotti as manager - lots of people questioned it; was he just coming here for a pay-day? It's not easy for Everton, knowing what's across the park at Liverpool. They want to try and compete and getting someone like Ancelotti in, you can't question he's not on the same level as Liverpool's manager - of course he is; it's just whether he can get the players here or whether he has the finances to. It's so difficult to break the top six; it's not just big money, it's out-of-this-world money.

"A big thing for Everton is getting the stadium done, then can they attract top players to really challenge for the top four? They're the noises coming out of the club. It's not realistic right now, but maybe they can start pushing for that year in, year out."

Former Everton striker Tim Cahill also praised Ancelotti's effect on the club, saying: "He's worked with some of the best players, the best teams in the world. He has an aura. He gets it, he understands the club and tactically, he's now learning more about his players.

"Now it's about the consistency over the next eight games because Carlo can attract big talent and that could be the game-changer for next season."

Liverpool were without Mohamed Salah, who remained on the bench, on their return to action and it showed with only three shots registered on target and Jordan Pickford untested for much of the game.

Carragher believes Liverpool must bring in support up front, saying: "The front three are as good as anyone in Europe but whenever one of them is out, there is a massive drop off. When Liverpool dropped points at Manchester United, Salah wasn't playing. That's why Liverpool need to strengthen the front three.