By Adefunmiloye Alani

23rd Nov, 2021 | 7:10pm

Jordan Pickford blown away by Manchester City in 3-0 loss

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was left impressed by the performance of Manchester City during Sunday’s game.

The Toffees suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Premier League defending champions as their poor run continued, and the England international has told the club’s official website that the Etihad Stadium outfit blew him away with their football.

Everton kept Man City quiet until some minutes to the break, and they would have conceded more if not for some fine saves from Pickford.

He told Evertonfc.com: “You know you are up against it at City, they are a top side and won the title and reached the Champions League final last season.

“We conceded three, which we were not happy about, and didn’t convert our counter-attacking opportunities, or get a shot on target to hurt [City goalkeeper] Ederson.

“They scored just before half-time, which hurt us a bit. We reset as a team [during half-time], we are mentally tough, but they were the better side and we have to give them credit, the football they play is incredible.”

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Everton have not won at the Etihad Stadium since 2010, and they did not come any close on Sunday.

Rafa Benitez’s side did not get out of first gear at any point in the game, and an early injury to Demarai Gray further dealt a blow to their chances of earning a result.

Man City are one of the best sides in the world, and Pickford would not have been the only one that was blown away by the performance they put on.

He would be wishing his side could play like that too, but that is not going to happen under Benitez.

The Spaniard has a pragmatic style of play, and injuries have not helped him to really get them playing in a way he wants.

Pickford has been recently linked with Tottenham Hotspur [Telegraph], and while he loves it at Goodison Park, could he be open to leaving should Hugo Lloris call time on his time at the North London club at the end of the campaign?

Being England’s number 1, the Everton ace would love to be playing Champions League football and winning silverware like some of his international teammates.

Neither is happening at Goodison Park yet, and he will be hoping things change soon.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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