Everton should rue Ever Banega snub as Twitter lauds his Liverpool masterclass

Everton's caretaker manager David Unsworth ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on November 5,...

Ever Benega could have signed for Everton for as little as £8m - their loss is very much Sevilla's gain.

Sevilla's Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Malaga CF at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in...

Ever Banega produced a playmaking masterclass that Andrea Pirlo, Xabi Alonso or Toni Kroos would have been proud of on Tuesday.

With Liverpool 3-0 up and cruising in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla’s Argentine mastermind emerged from the tunnel after the interval a man transformed. Banega ran the show from the centre of the park, touching the ball more times in the first 18 minutes of the second-half than the entire Liverpool team.

A glorious passer and a prodigiously hard-working player out of possession too, Banega made Jordan Henderson look like a Sunday league player who had won a competition to step foot on Champions League turf. By 96 minutes, Sevilla had pulled the score back to 3-3 and Banega was the toast of the town.

Sevilla's Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Sevilla and Spartak Moscow at Sanchez Pizjuan...

But Liverpool should not the only Merseyside giant rueing Banega’s superlative display. Its eight years since the former Valencia star was first linked with Everton – but the Daily Mail report that David Moyes’ side missed out on the transfer deadline day of 2009.

And with Serie A giants Inter Milan willing to sell the diminutive schemer this summer after a difficult debut season at the San Siro, Tuttomercatoweb report that Everton turned down the chance to finally bring one of Europe’s most underrated midfielders to Goodison Park this summer.

Instead, Banega returned to his former club Sevilla for a fee of just £8.1 million – a third of the price it cost Everton to bring Davy Klaassen to Goodison Park. And based on how Twitter reacted to Banega’s masterful display against Liverpool, Merseyside may be united in frustration.

Sevilla's Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega (R) fights for the ball with Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (L) on November 21, 2017 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in...

 

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