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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Hello and welcome to the Liverpool ECHO 's Thursday live blog for all your very latest Everton news, rumours and transfer gossip. The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Goodison Park as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world. We'll have the latest on Erling Haaland after the ECHO explained how Everton missed out on him, as well as James Rodriguez's reaction to the historic Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool and more. The reaction to the Merseyside derby continues and this is the very best place to keep up with everything blues related. Send your thoughts to @LivEchoEFC or @CBeesleyEcho, subscribe to our FREE Everton FC newsletter, our YouTube channel and listen to our Royal Blue Podcast. 10:31Chris BeesleyKeane: We're glad to make fans happy in tough timesEverton defender Michael KeaneMerseyside Derby hero Michael Keane says that the 2-0 win at Anfield shows the big strides that Everton are taking.The centre-back, who produced a colossal performance at the heart of the Blues defence on Saturday evening, told the club's website:Our win at Anfield on Saturday was absolutely massive. As players, as fans, this is the one you want to win when you look at the fixtures at the start of the season.It’s always tough going there but we had belief we could do it. I thought, to a man, we were outstanding, defended really well and took our chances when we got them. We’re just really happy that during these tough times we can make our fans so happy.A lot of us have experience of playing against Liverpool so on the morning of the game the manager asked, ‘What have you learned from the past and how do we want to approach this?’We knew what to expect. They are a great team but if you defend well, track runners and work really hard, then you can frustrate them. There’s space to hit them on the counter-attack and I thought we took advantage of that. Before the game, we discussed tactical aspects like our centre-halves not getting sucked in; when Firmino drops, to look for Salah and Mane in behind – little things like that. We knew they like to press high so we looked at how we would play through that, how we would cope with it. I’m glad it worked really well for us.At full-time, it was unbelievable to be part of scenes like we enjoyed. It had been so long for us winning at Anfield and to see what it meant to the likes of Seamus and Dunc, how emotional they got, it just lets you know what a derby win means.Also, a word for Jordan. I thought he was outstanding. His save from Henderson in the first half was superb and I thought the shot was going in. Jordan got across so quick and then did so well again against Salah in the second half with another unbelievable save. He’s massively played his part but we’ve always known how good he is.He’s shown how mentally resilient he is and how good he is and we’re really lucky to have someone like him.10:16Chris BeesleyThe £100m Haaland mistake that Everton madeErling Haaland spent time at Everton's Academy as a youngsterBorussia Dortmund's prolific striker Erling Haaland now carries a £100million price tag on his head but Everton could have picked him up for nothing, says the ECHO's Business of Football Writer Dave Powell.Brian King was the Blues talent spotter in Scandinavia and a teenage Haaland caught his eye.Ian Atkins, Head of European Recruitment at Everton between 2012 and 2016, worked with King at both Everton and then Aston Villa and recalls vividly the chance that was passed up. He said:"Brian King was really excited about this kid."He'd watched Haaland a lot and rated him really highly. He gets on to the club and manages to get him in for four days with the Academy so that the coaches can have a look at him and see what they think."This is when Haaland is at Bryne, before the Molde move, so he's raw but he's got all these great attributes you don't often see in someone so young."He comes in for four days and the Academy decided he wasn't good enough, something that Brian King didn't agree with. He thought there was a real talent in there but they didn't agree. He was one that got away for Everton, but you get that in football. I think Haaland would have suited the English game, though." 09:41Chris Beesley'Without question' Everton have a better top four chance than LiverpoolEverton celebrations after beating Liverpool 2-0 at AnfieldSo says the Daily Mail's Dominic King who has been discussing the aftermath of the Merseyside Derby.Formely the Everton and then Liverpool correspondent for the ECHO, King reckons the Blues - who are level on points with Jurgen Klopp's side but with a game in hand - now have a better chance than the Reds of finishing in the top four.He told talkSPORT:“The best way to equate it is to like a boxer being in a fight and he’s had one punch too many, and just can’t get up from it.“And that is what happens now; any time someone scores against Liverpool, they are gone… it’s like one punch is putting them out.“You could see after three or four minutes on Saturday that they weren’t going to get back into it; they just didn’t have the confidence, the wit or the gumption to try and create Everton problems and take them into places they didn’t want to be.“They’ve got real, real big issues and it’s a really big order for them now to get into the top four.“If you are asking me, ‘out of the two, who has got the best chance of getting into the top four?’, it’s Everton, without a question.” 09:22Chris BeesleyHolgate 'a different class' says CrouchBen Godfrey and Mason Holgate after Everton's win over Liverpool (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)Everton's display in defeating Liverpool 2-0 in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield was so impressive, the Blues are even being praised by a former Reds striker.Writing in his 'Ask Crouchie' Q&A with fans for the Daily Mail, Peter Crouch declared:I don’t want to look at the derby, though, without giving Everton due credit because they played really well.So many players made that result possible — Jordan Pickford was outstanding in goal, I loved the way Seamus Coleman kept Andy Robertson in check and Mason Holgate was brilliant. He needs to be mentioned, he’s different class and is going to be a top player. 09:06Chris BeesleyNew isolation rulesA general Premier League update. EXCL: Premier League players & staff must now self-isolate for 10 days (unless to train/compete) on return from any overseas trip. Lifted via -ve test after 5. Also no more exemptions for new signing / manager / coach.
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08:14Chris Beesley'Best game I've seen him have'Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane of Everton celebrateThree of Everton's Merseyside Derby heroes were included in Garth Crooks' Premier League Team of the Week after securing a 2-0 win, their club's first success at Anfield since 1999.Writing on BBC Sport, Crooks named Richarlison, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane in his XI and of the latter said:You have to go back to 1924 to find the last time Liverpool lost four consecutive league games.One of the main reasons for this latest defeat was the performance of Michael Keane. This was without doubt the best game I've seen him have for Everton. His recovery after Andrew Robertson squeezed a reverse pass through his legs for Sadio Mane was out of this world.The Senegal international was about to pull the trigger when Keane made the best one-footed tackle you'll ever see and at a crucial time of the match. This was an outstanding performance by Keane and a historic one for Everton. 07:54Chris BeesleyLiverpool fans pile on Li Tie after Derby commentsLi Tie of Everton (Image: Gary M.Prior/Getty Images)Former Everton midfielder Li Tie - now China's national team coach - angered some Liverpool fans in his homeland with comments made during the Merseyside Derby on Saturday, according to a report.The South China Morning Post say Li was working as a pundit on the game for Chinese television and when Reds captain Jordan Henderson went down, he said:“The Everton fans probably hope he is injured."Midfielder Henderson - who was deputising at centre-back following injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho - did indeed have to leave proceedings with a groin problem.The article states:Chinese Liverpool fans piled in on the national team boss for his comments, leaving their own comments on Li’s Weibo adding insult amid hope of injury.“I am a Liverpool fan, I hope you get injured soon,” one user wrote on a post of Li’s where he expressed his regret that injury cut short his time in England, where he played from 2002 to 2004.“If it wasn‘t for the fracture and injury in the national team, it would be better to play more games in the Premier League!” Li wrote. In contrast, some users defended the national team boss who had explained that he would offer his comments on the derby as an Everton fan.One user likened Li to Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, who both proudly offer their Liverpool and Manchester United perspectives.Others disagreed. “Being impartial was the basic requisite as you were there as a pundit instead of a fan. It is something unheard of for a pundit to take the fans’ stance and hope a rival player gets injured,” one user commented.07:33Chris BeesleyEverton defence were able to frustrate Mane says HeitingaJohn Heitinga in action during his Everton playing daysFormer Everton defender John Heitinga says the Blues current backline were able to record their first win at Anfield since 1999 by blunting the threat of Sadio Mane.Goals from Richarlison and a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty gave Carlo Ancelotti's side a 2-0 victory and HITC quote Dutchman Heitinga as telling Stadium Astro:“If you see the players upfront from Liverpool, normally they make the difference and they have the quality, but what I saw tonight with Mane, he was just frustrated, he was just frustrated.” 07:13Chris BeesleyJames: We've made history - I'm happy I was thereJames Rodriguez with Blues captain Seamus Coleman after the derby winJames Rodriguez, whose clever pass set up Richarlison for Everton's opener, has spoken of his delight at being part of the the first Blues side to triumph over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999.Sport Witness quote the Colombia star as telling Marca Claro:“It was tough. Everyone knows that Liverpool is a great team. I think it’s a team that is in the top 3 of those who play football well. I’m happy to have helped my team win today. "Since 1999, Everton haven’t won (at Anfield), so we’ve made history. I’m happy I was there. I hope we can continue well.“I am happy. We all know it is a new stage for me. Almost 30 years old, I am fine. I am happy for every new thing that is added to my life. It all adds up.” On the challenge he is facing playing in the Premier League, James added: “Something tough is coming for Everton. Everyone knows that in the Premier League every three days, every game, it’s like a final. "You have to be ready and have a strong mind to win."We (James and Carlo Ancelotti) always want to win. "There are games in which things go well and others in which things go wrong. Football is very physical now. "There are teams that don’t have much quality, but they want to win by force, making fouls. "We are ready in each game and what we do want is to play well. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t, but hey… it’s part of football.” Joe RimmerSign up for our EFC newsletterJoe RimmerFurther readingJoe RimmerGood morning!Hello, good morning and welcome to our EFC liveblog. Had much sleep over the weekend, Blues? I doubt it, but you'll want to continue lapping up as much derby reaction as humanly possible. So grab a strong coffee, strap yourself in and stick with us for all the best news and views on the Blues.
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