Liverpool legend with over 250 appearances thinks Everton can make Europe

Mark Lawrenson has been made to eat some humble pie over comments he made after the FA Cup exit to Wigan Athletic.

Everton have completed one heck of a turnaround after beating Manchester City last weekend. After losing to Norwich City and being dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic many a pundit and fan began to wonder whether Everton’s season was now over.

But after last weekend that has all changed.

Everton outplayed the Premier League champions at Goodison Park last Saturday with excellent goals courtesy of Nikica Jelavic and Leon Osman the difference in the fixture.

It has made one former Liverpool defender grab his knife and fork and tuck into some humble pie. That’s fair enough we all have to do that sometimes when you post your opinion and views about the footballing world across the World Wide Web.

But the fact the man in question is BBC pundit and former Liverpool stalwart Mark Lawrenson certainly adds a little spice to the proceedings. 

He himself admitted that he thought it was over for his former Merseyside rivals; claiming it was the ‘end of an era’ with speculation over the future of David Moyes, Maraoune Fellaini and Leighton Baines rife.

But with the win over City allied by the defeats suffered by Liverpool and Tottenham he was quick to acknowledge that a European place was well and truly in their own hands.

He mentioned the fact they have to face both Arsenal and Spurs in the coming weeks with victory in both fixtures propelling them into the top four.

As he said himself Everton are far from finished and the ‘real’ Toffees are the ones who turned up against City at lunchtime last Saturday.

While he certainly did suggest Everton were well and truly still in a shout of the top five he neglected to mention the ties with Liverpool and Chelsea that are also still to come.

Yes European football is back in their hands but the task is far from easy. Facing four teams all in the same boat; with every one of those games away from Goodison Park you have to feel David Moyes side are still the under-dogs in a European battle.

But if an ex-Liverpool legend thinks it’s possible then why not.

Do you think Everton can make it with their tough fixtures?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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