By Harvey Byrne
Jamie Carragher jumped to the defence of up and coming Everton star Tom Davies while tearing into the experienced players after their 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.
The Toffees fell to a humiliating defeat against their rivals at Anfield with goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi cancelling out a goal from youngster Matthew Pennington.
The display of Davies came under some scrutiny by the Sky Sports studio after the game, especially for the first goal as he went diving into Sadio Mane and left his teammates completely exposed.
However, Carragher believes the big names such as Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkle and Leighton Baines were more at fault with the quintet failing to step up to another big match.
“He’s (Davies) a big player for Everton,” started Carrgaher speaking on Sky Sports 1 after the game.
“Jagielka and Williams are too deep. Where’s Williams’ challenge? You can look at the young lad. I said at the start of the game that lad needs help and he didn’t get it.
“Everton’s big players again haven’t turned up. Jagielka, Williams, Lukaku at the front, Barkley, Baines, where are they in these big games? Not looking at this young lad.”
Everton managed just four shots on target in the derby clash with league top scorer Lukaku struggling to properly test Belgian compatriot Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal.
The defeat also meant that the Toffees have picked up just one victory in their last 17 meetings in all competitions, with the Reds picking up nine Merseyside derby victories alongside eight draws.
In other Everton news, Yannick Bolasie had this message for his teammates ahead of the encounter.