The first Merseyside derby for a local player can be a daunting prospect, but if Jonjoe Kenny had any nerves, he kept them hidden.
The right-back started for Everton as they took on arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon.
With the attacking threat of Sadio Mane facing him, the 20-year-old managed to cope well, despite the first-half onslaught from the hosts.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 42nd minute with a curling shot into the top corner, but Liverpool were unable to make the most of their dominance.
Wayne Rooney restricted the Reds to a 1-1 draw after netting from the penalty spot, which was won for the Toffees when Dominic Calvert-Lewin went down under the challenge of Dejan Lovren.
In some moments of the match, Everton were fairly lacklustre, but Kenny’s performance at the back drew praise from the club’s supporters.
The full-back made some pivotal interceptions and blocks to prevent Liverpool from running away with the game.
The way Kenny is playing, I’d look at putting Coleman at RW when he comes back. Could see a good partnership forming with those 2 #EFC
— Jelly (@jellythemosher) December 10, 2017
Jon Joe Kenny is the bee knee’s, MOTM and a star in the making #EFC
— Thomas Gavan (@Chubbzzzy) December 10, 2017
JonJoe Kenny MOM for us today #EFC
— Phil McNamara (@Phil_McNamara) December 10, 2017
Kenny our stand out performer notable contributions from Holgate, Gana & Henderson too. #EFC
— Charlie Maines (@CharlieMaines) December 10, 2017
Kenny was brilliant today. Kept us in it at times. #efc 💙💙💙
— james reay (@J12EAY) December 10, 2017
Jonjoe Kenny was brilliant today as well #efc
— Matty O'Toole (@motoole_) December 10, 2017
Jonjoe Kenny Man of the Match without question today. A man possessed and couldn’t have been more polar opposite to that joke at left back #EFC
— ANewton (@AlanRNewton) December 10, 2017
Good to see Kenny having his best game in a blue shirt, good partnership with Lennon on the right #EFC
— Lee (@lee_efc78) November 29, 2017
Rooney will rightly get all the plaudits but Kenny was superb tonight. Tackled and won everything #EFC
— Lee Wynne (@leewynne1178) November 29, 2017
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