Everton suffered a 5-2 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night and Michael Keane was one of many players criticised for the part he played in their heavy defeat. The 26-year-old looked culpable for three of the goals.
Liverpool opened the scoring in the sixth minute, courtesy of Divock Origi after Keane was beaten by a through ball. He was caught flat-footed for the Reds’ second goal 10 minutes later, with Xherdan Shaqiri’s off-the-ball run not being tracked.
Keane halved the deficit in the 21st minute, scoring from close range after Dejan Lovren slipped, but he was caught out by a long ball over the top for Origi to bag his second and Liverpool’s third after half an hour.
— Kevin McGrath (@kev83mav) December 4, 2019
Michael Keane is the worst player I've ever seen at Everton. The combination of lack of heart and ability is beyond belief for a professional footballer
— Shane (@EfcShane) December 5, 2019
2nd half Everton came out already defeated, and got beat/slaughtered by Liverpool B team , it’s as simple as that @Everton sigurdsson woeful, davies woeful, keane, woeful, iwobi woeful , shocking performance #EFC
— James Andrews (@SavEliiz2014) December 4, 2019
Next summer its time to move on all Koeman/Walsh era big signings apart from maybe Pickford (Development has stagnated however). Keane, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Bolasie and Martina dont fit where Everton are going and we should cut our losses
— El Pivote (@elpivoteftbl) December 5, 2019
The England international had been dropped for Mason Holgate in November, but he returned to the starting lineup in December and is still struggling for form – Everton have shipped seven Premier League goals with Keane back in the side too.
Should Michael Keane be dropped by Everton?
Against Liverpool, the central defender played for 90 minutes, made 48 touches, won three aerial duels, had three shots and one goal, completed 77.1% of his 35 passes and made five clearances. He failed to make a tackle or interception on the night.