By Nick Ware

2nd Dec, 2021 | 12:25pm

Richard Keys launches into Everton Twitter rant after Farhad Moshiri texts, backs Duncan Ferguson

Richard Keys suggests there is a narrative being peddled about Everton and the number of injuries they currently have in their squad.

Everton lost 4-1 to Liverpool at Goodison Park on Wednesday night (1 December), leading to renewed calls for the sacking of Blues boss Rafa Benitez.

However, Jim White read out a text from Farhad Moshiri on his talkSPORT show on Thursday (2 December), with the Everton owner keen to stress his support for the Spaniard and send a reminder of their current injury issues.

That doesn’t appear to have washed well with beIN SPORTS broadcaster Keys, who took to his personal Twitter profile to express his angst.

“All I keep hearing about is Everton’s injuries, Jim White and Simon Jordan,” he wrote.

“What injuries? Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina who might not get in. It’s nonsense. Home wins v Norwich/Burnley/Southampton. Benitez is responsible. Big Dunc [Duncan Ferguson] would get a better tune. At least £250m on that pitch last night.”

Overreaction?

Everton were missing five first-team players against Liverpool, with Tom Davies (knee injury), Andre Gomes (calf injury) and Mason Holgate (suspension) joining Calvert-Lewin and Doucoure on the sidelines.

Of those first three, perhaps only Gomes would be challenging for a spot in the starting XI, if Benitez elected to field a three-man midfield.

However, their absences still mean the bench was decimated, with spots taken up by the likes of Cenk Tosun.

Furthermore, during this recent rotten run that has seen the Blues go eight games without a win, Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure have also missed games.

That shouldn’t protect Benitez from criticism, but to level the £250million fee against him is wrong – he only spent £1.7million of it, with Marcel Brands and others guilty of wasting the rest of it.

Would Duncan Ferguson really do better than Benitez? There’s no guarantee in that at all.

In other Everton news, the Blues are open to the sale of this popular first-team Blues star amid ongoing issues.

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