The Toffees once again threw their domestic form out of the window for the Europa League as they came from behind to defeat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 at Goodison Park.
The fulltime scoreline flattered the visitors as the Merseysiders cranked up the pressure and had plenty of opportunities to all-but finish the tie as a contest as their first-leg dominance told.
Their productive display stood in stark contrast to a side that has won just two Premier League encounters in 16, prompting Carragher to wonder how they have found themselves in such a struggle domestically.
“Another disappointing week in Europe for teams from the Barclays Premier League but, once again, Everton proved an exception to the rule,” Carragher explained.
“The last hour of their clash with Dynamo Kiev saw Everton playing at their best under Roberto Martinez — the football was good, the energy was high and there was an intensity in everything they did.”
“When you see Everton play like that, you wonder why they have struggled in the Premier League.”
The Toffees’ awful run in the Premier League has seen them fall to 14th spot, just six points above Queens Park Rangers in the relegation zone.
With ten games remaining, six points can easily be made up and Roberto Martinez knows his side need wins on the board or could find themselves facing the unimaginable.
But with the talent available and their European success proof of what can be achieved, surely an upturn of results is just around the corner and Carragher believes this weekend could be where the Toffees get back on track.
“If they replicate the performance that gave them a 2-1 lead to take to Kiev, they will have an outstanding chance of beating Newcastle for just their second league win of 2015,” he added.
“As soon as Everton start getting points on the board again, the tense atmosphere around Goodison Park will relax and Evertonians will be able to enjoy the European adventure a little bit more.”