Midfielder Davy Klaassen’s Everton career never really got going.
Now, the Dutchman is back on Merseyside, with Ajax, as he prepares to face Liverpool in the Champions League.
Klaassen left Goodison Park in July 2018 to join Werder Bremen, before rejoining Ajax in October.
He spoke to the Liverpool Echo about his time at Everton and was asked if he had good memories of his time on Merseyside.
“I played for Everton so it (being back) does give you that bit of special feeling but it’s been two-and-a-half years since I played here,”said Klaassen. “I don’t think back with a great deal of happiness or joy, no.”
“It’s quite funny to be back here – I didn’t live in the city so I never really flew into this airport. I have been here before, that was the feeling I had.
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“It was quite clear that it was not a good fit – me and Everton. I was struggling to cope with a style of play I wasn’t used to.
“It was a totally different style of play and it was just hard for me to feel a connection between my game and the game we played at the time in Everton.”
Klaassen is playing Champions League football and not looking out of place – which is an indicator of his talent.
As he said, at Everton, the style of football was different to what he was used to.
It also didn’t help that Ronald Koeman brought three number tens and then was swiftly replaced by Sam Allardyce.
It would raise something of a cheer on the blue half of Merseyside if the Dutchman was to be part of a victory at Anfield tonight if nothing else.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive