Jordan Pickford has had plenty of critics this season but he produced arguably his best performance in an Everton shirt at Anfield on Saturday.
He was calm under pressure and produced a number of top-class saves during that famous 2-0 win.
Former Toffee Richard Gough praised Pickford’s performance during an interview with the club’s official website.
Gough was part of the side who last won at Anfield, back in September 1999.
“I was so impressed with the Everton defending at the weekend. The boys were magnificent and never put a foot wrong,” said Gough.
“Pickford has got a lot of confidence in himself and he’s got a short-term memory when he makes a mistake, which is a great thing for a goalkeeper to have. Some keepers can lull over them and that’s a bad thing.
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“The save from Henderson was terrific. If you haven’t got a good keeper in your net, that goes in and nobody would blame the keeper because it was a great strike.
“But Pickford made the save and his save from Salah when he was through was a big one, too. When you’re playing with a good goalkeeper, and I was fortunate to play with a few, it keeps the whole defensive unit together.”
Pickford kept focused and calm throughout the game and was a key reason why Everton broke the hoodoo.
He needed a performance like that to get back into the hearts of the Everton fans after a shaky season.
When he plays like that, he has the potential to go on and be one of the best goalkeepers in the league.
The key for him – like the rest of the team – is consistency.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive