Jamie Carragher believes Jordan Pickford made two major mistakes after Everton win over Crystal Palace
Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on Jordan Pickford’s criticism of his critics after Everton’s win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
Pickford has come under scrutiny in recent months with calls for him to be replaced as England’s No.1 heading into this summer’s European Championships.
Those calls increased over the weekend after he allowed a tame effort from former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to squirm under his body to hand Crystal Palace an unlikely equaliser at Goodison Park.
But the former Sunderland man hit back at his critics after the game, admitting he’s ‘pissed off’ by criticism of his game.
“In the aftermath of Saturday’s game, and an error that led to a goal, Jordan Pickford will have experienced a feeling familiar to so many footballers for a period of their professional careers. You start to believe that everyone hates you – the fans, the media, the pundits,” the former Liverpool man wrote in his Telegraph column.
“The first mistake is to entertain it. Pickford’s second was to tell the world, a bigger error in my view, than the one which allowed Christian Benteke to score his first goal since April. ‘The press and everybody; the punters – look at Gary Neville – they just want to come for England players,’ Pickford said afterwards.
“Everyone hates you, for some reason. I just get on with it. You have got to live with it, you have got to learn.
“I can tell Jordan now he is wrong. I know because there were times in my career when I thought the same. It would afflict me in my lowest moments, when I had made mistakes, or when Liverpool had signed yet another player in my position.
“I would say to Pickford that there is no agenda, rather the scrutiny is a consequence of being an England international. It is clear to me that he is struggling with the criticisms, and anybody would, but dealing with it and using it as motivation is one of the great challenges of the game.”
He goes to on add: “The criticism for Pickford has come over the last year for the mistakes that he has made. It is hard to hear, but it is part of the universal challenge of competitive sport that there is no hiding from your shortcomings and you have to address them every day.
“Pickford needs to remember his strengths. At his best he is a fearless, instinctive goalkeeper. He has had periods of his career when the crowd and social media have loved him, not least the last World Cup finals.
“The Sunderland boy who goes to the darts and plays up to the cameras – that suggests a strong character to me. He is going to need all that strength because getting to the top, and then staying there, are not easy.”