By George Overhill

19th May, 2022 | 11:23pm

Richard Keys reacts live to Everton players in the tunnel and Frank Lampard on the roof

Richard Keys reacted live on beIN SPORTS to scenes of celebration from Goodison Park after Everton secured Premier League safety.

After coming back from a two-goal deficit through strikes from Michael Keane and Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s diving header beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and led to wild celebrations on Merseyside.

Fans invaded the pitch after the winner and again at the final whistle, as Lampard climbed on the roof of the lower stand to celebrate with Toffees legends and fans.

In a clip posted on beIN SPORT’s Twitter account, anchor Keys spoke over pictures of the jubilant players whooping inside the tunnel and said: “It would have been a meltdown if they had gone down.

“None of these boys have got clauses in contracts that would have seen them paid any less than they’re earning now.

“And they all would have been in the Championship with this mighty football club. Everton is that.”

Then as Lampard jumped around in front of thousands of adoring fans he added: “Just don’t hang about on that roof.”

Night for the ages

It was that kind of occasion where expectations went out of the window, as what looked like a lost cause was somehow clawed back.

If the fight and determination that was shown against the Eagles had been on display all season the team would surely have been in Europe by now, not barely surviving.

The connection that Lampard has made to the fans over recent weeks has been a special one, and the experience could be the making of him as a manager.

Not all the players were at on form on the night, but massive displays from the likes of Alex Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, and substitute Dele Alli made all the difference.

It ultimately didn’t matter that another major decision went against them when Jordan Ayew escaped a sending off for taking out Anthony Gordon and minutes later scored the visitors’ second.

The fans have played a massive part in the right for survival and have been rewarded with one final game this season where they can relax and try to enjoy it.

In other Everton news, Chris Sutton reacted to the final result and ended up in the middle of a Twitter spat with a New York Times journalist.

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