Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin still feels bad after his side lost the Merseyside derby recently.
Everton were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool two weeks’ ago in the FA Cup, and that defeat still lingers in the Goodison Park crowd’s memory.
Although Everton won against Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend, the Toffees’ players realise that they have not made up for their Merseyside derby defeat yet.
And Calvert-Lewin said: “It’s been a tough week. People can only form their opinion on what they see and if it looks like we are not giving our all people are entitled to say that, but for me I am always working hard.
“Different teams set up differently against us and sometimes it is harder to gain possession and gain momentum in a game.
“It is never a question of not trying because I will always try my best and I would never shirk responsibility. I can only apologise for the rest and try and do our best to put it right.”
Calvert-Lewin has been one of Everton’s most improved players this season, and while there has been question marks raised over the desire of some of his teammates, he has largely avoided criticism recently.
The England youth international may have faced questions early on his Everton career, but he has started to prove that he can score goals frequently at Premier League level.
Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed the best goalscoring season of his career so far this term, with eight goals coming in 20 Premier League games.
The 22-year-old has started to really show promise, and established himself as Everton’s number one striker.
Everton are next in action against West Ham United next weekend, when they will be looking to grab another win, to help put the Liverpool defeat to the back of supporters’ minds.