Danny Murphy backs Everton to avoid relegation

The former Liverpool midfielder thinks his old side's rivals will avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has backed Everton to avoid relegation but suggests it is time for a change of style.

Roberto Martinez’s side are currently just six points clear of the relegation places having won once in the last 11 games after once again suffering defeat on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, courtesy of goals from Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky, and rarely looked like securing a result in London, despite having been so impressive against Young Boys in the Europa League in midweek.

Their run of form has left fans concerned that relegation may be on the cards for their side, but Murphy says his old side’s rivals won’t go down because of their overall attacking prowess.

“I don’t think they’ll go down. I think they’ve got too much firepower,” Murphy said on BBC's Match of the Day 2.

“Defensively they still a lot worse than they were last season and there’s lots of reasons for that. There’s been a lot of change in that back four, Tim Howard’s not been at his best and he’s made a few mistakes.”

Last season the Toffees were hugely changed under manager Martinez in his first season, with the Spaniard bringing in a high tempo passing and attacking system that very nearly earned them Champions League qualification. This season though, his side have been unable to find that style once again.

Despite being convinced that Everton won’t suffer relegation this season, Murphy does believe that it may be time for a change of style in order to get points on the board and secure Premier League survival.

“I think it’s time they changed a little bit,” added Murphy.

“Today they had a lot of possession but it was only the second half where they had a good ten minute spell, other than that they weren’t particularly great. “

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