Everton boss

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford faces a huge mental challenge after injuring Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England and Manchester City full-back said the England international will need to be “thick-skinned” to recover.

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti said that his goalkeeper was “really sad” after the incident that could rule out Van Dijk for the season.

The Italian said: “It’s football. Unfortunately in football you can be injured. Jordan is really sad, really disappointed.”

Van Dijk suffered an ACL injury as a result of the challenge and while Liverpool have not confirmed how long he will be out, it is expected he will not play again this campaign.

Asked by Football Insider how Pickford can mentally recover from the incident, Mills said: “It’s not easy but you have to be thick-skinned in this day and age.

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“You have to say ‘you know what, it is what it is, I have to deal with it, there’s not a lot I can do.’

“You have to take it on the chin, it’s very, very difficult what else can you do in that situation?

“That’s the problem with it.

“It’s difficult and nobody wants to go through it but sometimes you don’t have a choice.”

Pickford’s place in the Everton team has come under intense scrutiny this season despite the club sitting at the top of the Premier League.

Ancelotti insisted in September that his place was not under threat but did sign Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan on deadline day.

In other news, a top pundit has claimed Duncan Ferguson has been critical in the “big” transformation of an Everton player.