KEEPING THE FAITH

Lampard ‘more positive’ of survival despite derby defeat

Everton are now 18th and trail Burnley, who have played one game more, by two points.

In Summary

• Despite the defeat, Lampard said he was delighted with the attitude of his players and that he was “more positive” about their chances of staying up.

• Lampard said his players have to be “spot on” in their remaining six matches, where they face top four sides Chelsea and Arsenal.

Everton manager Frank Lampard clashes with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a Premier League match on Sunday
Everton manager Frank Lampard clashes with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a Premier League match on Sunday
Image: REUTERS

Everton slipped into the relegation zone with Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool but manager Frank Lampard said the game had left him “more positive” about the club’s chances of Premier League survival.

Everton are now 18th and trail Burnley, who have played one game more, by two points.

Despite the defeat, Lampard said he was delighted with the attitude of his players and that he was “more positive” about their chances of staying up.

“I was pleased with the way we competed in this game and in terms of performance, I am more positive,” Lampard told reporters.

“There are 18 points to fight for, that is a lot of points. It is important for the players and fans and club not to get sucked into that in a negative way.

“Be realistic, yes — but there are a lot of games for us to try to win.”

Everton have lost eight consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since 1948.

Lampard said his players have to be “spot on” in their remaining six matches, where they face top four sides Chelsea and Arsenal.

“The whole club has to do that, there will be some negative chat (externally), but we’ve been in this fight since I’ve been here,” Lampard added. “If it goes to the end, let’s stand up and take it to the end.”