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Fresh blow for Frank Lampard as Ben Godfrey is injured in warm-up ahead of Liverpool clash

Fresh blow for Frank Lampard and Everton as Ben Godfrey is injured in warm-up ahead of Liverpool clash and is replaced by Michael Keane… as the Toffees go into the clash in the relegation zone

  • Everton are in the relegation zone following Burnley’s win earlier on Sunday
  • Ben Godfrey is injured in Anfield warm-up and is replaced by Michael Keane
  • Frank Lampard’s side go into the game knowing only a win will get them out of the relegation zone 

Everton have been dealt a fresh blow to their survival hopes after Ben Godfrey was injured in the warm-up ahead of their crucial derby clash with Liverpool at Anfield. 

Following Burnley’s 1-0 win at home to Wolves earlier on Sunday, Everton dropped into the relegation zone for the first time since December 2019.   

Frank Lampard’s side have seen a Burnley resurgence under the interim tutelage of Mike Jackson following Sean Dyche’s dismissal and have now seen the Clarets go above them in the league, albeit having played two games more. 

Ben Godfrey (centre) was injured in the warm-up at Anfield and replaced by Michael Keane

Having returned in March following a lay-off that saw him miss over a month of action, it appears Godfrey has again been hurt. 

It was reported that Godfrey was seen leaving the warm-up and it was shortly announced after that Michael Keane would replace him in the starting XI at Anfield.

It compounds what has proved to be a difficult week for Lampard’s side, with Burnley picking up crucial points with wins at home and Everton only able to nick a point at the death at home to Leicester. 

Everton's problems have been compounded by news of the injury and will be sweating over the defender's fitness for the remainder of the campaign

Everton’s problems have been compounded by news of the injury and will be sweating over the defender’s fitness for the remainder of the campaign

Michael Keane stepped in to replace Ben Godfrey in the starting XI at Anfield

Michael Keane stepped in to replace Ben Godfrey in the starting XI at Anfield

Meanwhile, Lampard has spoken of the ‘importance’ of Sunday’s Merseyside derby, for differing reasons for both sides. 

With Everton attempting to stave off relegation for the first time in over 70 years, Liverpool find themselves on the cusp of an unprecedented quadruple. 

Lampard said prior to the game: ‘It’s a huge fixture and I’m very proud to be going up in a football game of this size.

Everton have weeks left to try and stave off relegation from the Premier League

Everton have weeks left to try and stave off relegation from the Premier League 

‘I’ve got a full understanding, I know what this club and fixture means to the fans.

‘I don’t need to understand much more because I know what will be coming on Sunday.

‘It’s an important match for both teams but for different reasons.’

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