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Jordan Pickford had his best ever game for Everton in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool and is “not going to change for anybody” says Kevin Campbell.

The Toffees keeper was in immense form in the Merseyside derby, making a host of vital saves to preserve a clean sheet in a game his side were unlucky to win, yet still drew criticism from Graeme Souness in the aftermath who complained on talkSPORT about shouting at defenders after saves.

But Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, was highly impressed with Pickford at Goodison Park and doesn’t see what Souness’ major issue is when the much-vaunted former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel was renowned for the same thing.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “I think that’s the best performance in his Everton career if I’m honest with you. I thought the Chelsea one last season was brilliant but these were stonewall goals he was saving. 

“I was behind a couple of them. I think the [Roberto] Firmino shot that went between the defender’s legs and was arrowing into the corner, and the save from [Darwin] Nunez which he tipped onto the bar.

“He even got a touch to [Mohamed] Salah’s one right at the death which went onto the post. And there were many more obviously. It was an incredible performance.

“Listen, he is who he is. He’s not going to change for anybody. Graeme Souness might not like that he berates his defenders or whatever but we’ve seen that happen before. The likes of [Peter] Schmeichel used to be at the defenders to keep them on their toes and Everton’s defence seems to be a lot better at the moment. 

“He’s got two experienced guys in front of him who are really helping out as well. There aren’t many teams who get a clean sheet against Liverpool, whether they’re home or away, that’s for sure. 

“And Liverpool still have some serious fire-power, so he had to perform to get the clean sheet. Fair play to him.

“Because a lot of people are up and down sometimes about Jordan Pickford. He’s England number one and a lot of people think maybe he shouldn’t be, but he is and he proved it. He’s never let England down and now he’s bringing some of that form to Everton so long may it continue for him.”

Pickford was imperious against Liverpool and reminded everyone of his quality as a player when so much of the focus on him overlooks that.

His injury subsequently was a significant blow, although with the subsequent postponements of upcoming games it is unclear how many games he will actually miss.

Souness is no stranger to finding reasons to be outraged about things that don’t really require it, and this was no different since various keepers berate their defence regularly whether they’ve done anything wrong or not.

The Everton defenders are sure to be a lot more familiar with Pickford’s methods than Souness so are probably fairly comfortable with the situation.