By Dominic Toner

Everton are one of the Premier League’s lowest ranked teams for distance covered this season, according to a report.

Statistics from talkSPORT show the Toffees to be 18th in a table comprised from the total distance covered by players, with Manchester United and Crystal Palace the only sides below them.

Everton have covered a total 743.1km in the league, whilst Merseyside rivals Liverpool top the statistics table with 814.8km.

Ronald Koeman was appointed the club’s manager in the summer and has helped transform Everton’s league form, despite covering less distance by most of their rivals.

They are currently fifth in the Premier League and have picked up 14 points from their opening seven games.

Dutchman Koeman has achieved success at Goodison Park already by improving the club’s defence dramatically.

Everton have conceded just five goals this season, a record only better by Tottenham, and have been boosted by a couple of summer signings.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and centre-back Ashley Williams have been instant hits at the club since their summer arrival and have improved the club’s defensive record.

Everton are proving to be effective under Koeman and are showing a different strategy to Liverpool’s high intensity style.

In other Everton team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Ross Barkley’s performance against Crystal Palace.