By Saikat Mandal

21st Sep, 2022 | 3:40pm

Everton defender Nathan Patterson shares view on Liverpool forward Luis Diaz

Everton defender Nathan Patterson has described Liverpool forward Luis Diaz as a “tough” opponent.

In the last Merseyside derby (3 September) that ended in a 0-0 draw, Patterson was absolutely immense during that game.

He didn’t allow Diaz to get the better of him, and has now joked that the Colombian still remains in his pocket.

Patterson spoke to James McFadden for the Scottish FA’s media department, as relayed by Liverpool World, where he was asked whether he has let Diaz out of his pocket yet.

“Aye, still in there,” the young right-back, said in jest.

“To be fair, he was a tough opponent. He’s a great player, playing for a great club and it’s a challenge for me to show what I can do and nullify their threats. I felt like I did that.”

Some talent

Patterson joined the Toffees during the January transfer window, signed by Rafael Benitez. 

The 20-year-old is already an established Scottish international but it took him time to get going at the Merseyside club. 

An unfortunate injury ruled him out for the rest of the campaign last season. However, it’s been a different story so far. 

The injury to Seamus Coleman has opened the door for him, and he grabbed with both hands. 

He has played in all the games for Frank Lampard’s side so far, and has grown into confidence with every single game. 

With players like Conor Coady and James Tarkowski around him, the Toffees have looked solid at the back. They are unbeaten in their last five league games, and picked up their first win against West Ham last week. 

Patterson has hugely impressed so far. His attitude, physicality and concentration is top notch, and he is brave enough to join the attack frequently. 

He is a terrific talent, and has now nailed his place in the first-team.