Mills issues warning to Everton 'genius' Pickford
Danny Mills has called on Jordan Pickford to keep it simple at Everton after his impressive display in their 2-0 win over Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Manchester City defender claimed the England number one has all the attributes to be a “very good goalkeeper”.
Pickford was one of a number of Everton players that impressed at Anfield as they recorded their first win over Liverpool in over a decade.
The 26-year-old made six saves against the Premier League champions and kept a clean sheet for the first time since a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Boxing Day.
“Jordan Pickford is a very, very capable goalkeeper,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley. “He just needs to stop trying to be good and just allow it to happen.
“Stop trying to show everybody how great you are, you are a very good goalkeeper. Just do what you have to do and do it when you need to do it. Don’t do any more than that. Simplicity is genius, if he can get his head around that and deal with that he will be a very good goalkeeper.
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“You can play some passes from time to time, but you’re only really looking at two a game. That’s not your job. Your job is to do what you need to do when it needs to be done.
“You can only stand out as a goalkeeper when you’re under pressure and when you’re called upon but you can’t force it to happen.
“An outfield player can go and make something happen – make a challenge, create a chance, score a goal. As a goalkeeper you’re reliant on the opposition so mentally it’s the most difficult position.”