All eyes were on Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this afternoon.
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday that he was going to continue with the Toffees star today after what’s been a whirlwind week.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the rest of the season on Monday after a nasty and rash challenge by Pickford in Everton’s draw with their neighbours at Goodison Park last week.
The 26-year-old avoided a red card on the day and a retrospective ban, prompting Danny Murphy to claim via The Daily Mail that Ancelotti should bench him today out of respect.
But the Italian coach kept to his word and started Pickford in the 2-0 defeat by Southampton and it was a subdued performance by the former Sunderland keeper – but when you’re the target of social media abuse, after what’s already been an error-filled season for him, he might’ve taken ‘subdued’ before the game.
Here’s how some Everton fans reacted to his performance on Twitter: