“I’m fed up of coming out with the same cliches after losing to them.”
An emotional Seamus Coleman has paid tribute to Everton fans after the Toffees beat their local rivals for the first time since 2010.
Everton recorded a 2-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield, thanks to goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, ending over two decades of pain against their city rivals.
Coleman, who joined Everton in 2009 from Sligo Rovers, explained to Sky Sports how much finally getting the win in the Merseyside derby meant to him.
🗣”Coming here all the years and letting the blue side of the city down, it’s been hard, it was difficult to take”
An emotional Seamus Coleman on Everton finally beating Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since 1999 pic.twitter.com/LosbvfPbbV
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 20, 2021
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Coleman said. “Coming here all the years and letting ourselves down, but more importantly, letting the blue side of the city down.
“It’s been hard. We can try to put a face on it and brush it off… I’ve been in this city for 10 years – it’s difficult to take and you feel sorry for the fans.
“I’m fed up of coming out with the same cliches after losing to them. So to be honest I want to thank the manager for the way he set us up.
“The players put in an unbelievable shift and that was against the [Premier League] champions so we’re delighted.”
🔵 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋𝐒. 𝐄𝐒𝐓.𝟏𝟖𝟕𝟖. 🔵 pic.twitter.com/Nd8oy8T4op
— Everton (@Everton) February 20, 2021
‘We need to start moving the football club forward.’
While Coleman was visibly delighted with the win, the Irishman was not willing to sit back and be happy with the result, urging Everton to use the win to push on for the rest of the season.
“I think for us now, we need to move on from it as quick as possible because it can’t just be a celebration about this. We need to start moving the football club forward.
“That goes back to the likes of Fulham at home and West Ham at home. That’s where we need to start being better all round,” Coleman said.
The Republic of Ireland captain was also involved in an exchange with Jurgen Klopp during the game, according to French journalist Julien Laurens.
Coleman intervened as Klopp and Everton coach Duncan Ferguson were arguing on the sideline. The Everton captain reportedly said to Klopp, “We are allowed to talk or is it just you, Jurgen?”
Argument Duncan Ferguson – Jurgen Klopp on the touch line after the Liverpool penalty shout. « Why are you laughing? » Klopp shouted at Ferguson who had a big grin on his face! « We are allowed to talk or is it just you Jurgen? » intervened Seamus Coleman!
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) February 20, 2021
Everton are now level on points with Liverpool in the Premier League table, having played one game less than their local rivals.