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Everton: Amadou Onana was Lampard’s hero vs Liverpool

Everton hosted the first Merseyside Derby of the season at Goodison Park today and Frank Lampard will surely be delighted that the Toffees managed to pick up a point from a fierce clash with their local rivals this afternoon.

As usual, the game was full of entertainment from start to finish and was an end-to-end spectacle for neutrals but for supporters in both red and blue will be frustrated with clear-cut chances missed throughout the fixture.

Despite only having 39% possession and fewer shots on targets, the Toffees had one more big chance, completed more dribbles and won more duels over the course of the game against their opponents, giving Lampard some big positives to take away from the game along with a much-deserved point.

In fact, it could’ve even been a three-pointer for Everton with former Liverpool youth player Conor Coady putting the ball into the back of the net, however, after a lengthy VAR review the defender had his goal struck off for offside in the 71st minute.

There was no doubt that Jordan Pickford was the Man of the Match today with eight important saves, leading his team perfectly from the back which played a massive part in Everton’s ability to hold the game to a stalemate, but there was also one other player who was a huge influence in the centre of the pitch.

Lampard gave Amadou Onana his third start of the season this afternoon and the decision paid off for the former Chelsea boss with the young Belgian midfielder proving exactly why the powers at Goodison Park snapped him up.

The 21-year-old – who was hailed “a natural” by Paul Brown for his contributions in the Merseyside Derby – completed 88% of his passes, made one key pass, seven tackles, one interception and three clearances, as well as won 11 of his 16 duels over his 90-minute on the pitch – passing his first big test against a star-studded Liverpool side.

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Onana is the 11th highest rated player in the Everton squad following his five appearances so far according to SofaScore, and Lampard will be delighted he is settling into the team very well as the manager endeavours to improve upon the relegation scare that haunted the club over last season.

Everton are now unbeaten in their last four games picking up four draws, seeing the club climb into 14th place in the Premier League table, but the team remain winless and will need that extra push to start taking all three points from their outings over the coming weeks and months.

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