The Blues played a 2-2 draw against their nearest rivals in a hotly contested game in Goodison Park, with two special moments of controversy in the following days.
Carlo Ancelotti called the abuse of social media against his Everton players “unfair” and “unacceptable” after last weekend’s Merseyside derby.
Carlo Ancelotti has commented on the social media abuse directed against some of his Everton players following last weekend’s Merseyside derby draw in Goodison Park.
And Ancelotti believes that this is an unacceptable result of what happened in that game.
Unfortunately, both players were abused in the days following the game in the social media – Merseyside police later opened an investigation into the matter.
Jordan Pickford’s challenge against Virgil van Dijk required the defender to have knee surgery, which will keep him on the sidelines for some time, while Richarlison was sent off the field for an ill-considered tackle against Thiago.
“After that, all that happened outside – the social media, a lot of attention to it, some abuse of some players.
The Blues boss told Sky Sports: “An important player was injured, he has been injured for a long time and we are very disappointed about it. In football it is common to have contact, sometimes it can happen that you get hurt, unfortunately.
“I think that the police, as they are, have to take tough action for this.”
“It’s not fair. It is unacceptable.
A draw in Goodison last weekend has kept Everton’s unbeaten start in the 2020/21 game, and despite their defeat in Southampton on Sunday they remain at the top of the Premier League.
“The derby has shown that we are competitive, but honestly we are not at the same level as Liverpool,” he added.
But although the game has shown the Italian that his team is competitive, he knows that there is still a lot of work ahead.
“In my opinion, Liverpool is certainly one of the best teams in Europe, there is no doubt about that. I don’t know how far we’ve really come, but we’re not at the same level, we have to work on that.
“We are surprised to be at the top, honestly, but we accept that! We want to stay at the top as long as possible. It will be difficult, we know, every game is getting harder and harder, but we have to try.
“Experience, knowledge, all these things, we have to improve the quality of the squad from year to year and have a little patience. Of course, we can’t achieve top results immediately, we need time, and step by step I believe that we can reach a very good level in England.