Phil Thompson makes an observation about Leighton Baines

Manager Gerard Houllier and his assistant Phil Thompson of Liverpool during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park in London on January 26,...

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson suggests that Everton defender Leighton Baines is lacking the legs.

Leighton Baines of Everton gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News on Saturday afternoon (12pm, September 16, 2017) that Everton defender Leighton Baines is lacking the legs to run up and down the pitch.

Baines has been on the books of Everton since the summer of 2007 when he joined from Wigan Athletic for an initial transfer fee of £5 million, as reported by BBC Sport.

The England international is a key player in the Toffees’ team and is a leader at the back for the Merseyside outfit.

28 Mar 1998:  Matt Le Tissier of Southampton celebrates during the FA Carling Premiership match against Newcastle United at the Dell in Southampton, England. Southampton won 2-1. \...

Now 32, the left-back is hugely experienced, but former Liverpool centre-back Thompson has suggested that Baines does not have the legs to run up and down the left touchline.

“Baines is still probably one of their better players, but he has still not got the legs to get up and down that left touchline, supply as many crosses,” said Thompson on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News on Saturday afternoon (12pm, September 16, 2017).

Meanwhile, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has suggested that Everton manager Ronald Koeman has publicly criticised the players due to frustrations over recent games.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman at a press conference at Goodison Park on July 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

“No, they don’t do it too often, but I think three frustrating games in a row, I think, has led him to come out and criticise the players,” said Le Tissier on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News on Saturday afternoon (12pm, September 16, 2017).

Everton will take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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