By George Overhill

27th Apr, 2022 | 7:40am

Charlie Austin says Everton relegation would be 'funny' after Liverpool defeat

Charlie Austin believes it would be “funny” if Everton get relegated and compared the Merseyside derby to Manchester before City had money.

The Toffees lost 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday (24 April) in a contentious game that left them in the relegation zone, two points behind Burnley with a game in hand.

Liverpool fan Austin claims he wasn’t even excited about the fact it was derby day because he just assumed it was another three points in the title race, and wants Frank Lampard’s side to go down, answering “yep” when asked.

He said on talkSPORT Drive with Andy Goldstein: “It doesn’t really matter to me, but yeah, it would be quite funny.

“How I can compare Liverpool and Everton at this moment is that years ago, before Man City had the money, Man United playing Man City was just a given that United were going to win. That’s what it’s been like with Liverpool and Everton.

“On Sunday morning, I was looking at it and yes, I was excited but I wasn’t looking at it and saying it’s derby day and it’s a big game.

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“I just thought that it was another game that Liverpool were going to win.

“Everton have spent money. They’ve spent serious cash in the wrong areas and the wrong managers. Ronald Koeman, Carlo Ancelotti and they’ve thrown money in the wrong areas.

“I saw what Liverpool and Everton had spent over the last four years and Everton were bigger in every area.

“When people do that and throw that money about, it’s funny.”


Fans of the Anfield club are no doubt loving the contrast between their push for four trophies, and the struggles at Goodison Park.

But, as Austin admitted is more likely to be the case for local fans, should the Toffees drop into the Championship they will miss them when they are gone.

Animosity towards rivals is part of what makes football engaging, so to remove it is always going to leave a void.

And while Jurgen Klopp’s men are clearly the stronger side, as they are compared to most in Europe, they were fortunate to escape the derby without much damage.

Anthony Gordon surely should have had a penalty, and Sadio Mane easily could have been sent off, but refereeing decisions went against Lampard again, who is now facing trouble from the FA over his comments about referee Stuart Attwell.

The whole affair has heaped outrage on top of misery, and left the club in more danger than before.

If it wasn’t for the sudden resurgence of a Sean Dyche-less Burnley then it likely wouldn’t sting so much, but the margin for error has been reduced to nothing, so the amusement of the likes of Austin will only serve to infuriate fans even further.

In other Everton news, the club’s plight has reached the House of Lords.

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