Debutant Godfrey Identifies Major Everton Character Trait

Ben Godfrey says he could feel belief coursing through Everton as Carlo Ancelotti’s team hunted a second equaliser against Liverpool on Saturday.

Defender Godfrey came off the bench for an unexpected Everton debut at right-back when Seamus Coleman pulled up injured on 31 minutes.

The 22-year-old only linked up with his new teammates on Wednesday after reporting for England Under-21 duty following his transfer from Norwich City two weeks ago.

Michael Keane had headed home to equalise Sadio Mane’s early goal when Godfrey, ordinarily a centre-half, joined the action.

Everton fell behind for a second time when Mohamed Salah scored on 72 minutes but Ancelotti’s side trailed for only nine minutes before Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged his 10th goal of the season for a share of the spoils.

“You can feel that resilience in the team and when we were 2-1 down there was always belief on the pitch,” Godfrey told evertontv.

“It is great to be part of a team which has that characteristic.

“When Dom put that header in, it was a brilliant feeling.


“We always believed we could get one and we could have nicked it in the end."

Richarlison struck the post and goalkeeper Adrian denied Calvert-Lewin at close quarters before Salah restored the visitors' lead.

Jordan Pickford then denied Joel Matip and Mane either side of Calvert-Lewin's strike, his seventh in five Premier League matches this term.

Richarlison's red card for a challenge on Thiago Alcantara ushered in five minutes of stoppage time when Everton withstood a final wave of pressure and Jordan Henderson had a goal scrubbed off because Mane drifted offside in the build-up.

“It is a good sign when you can soak up pressure because it is inevitable you will face that at some point in games," said Godfrey.

“I enjoyed every second of my time on the pitch.

“It is an important game for the Club and the fans and there is no better game to make your debut for Everton.

"It is massive to make your debut for such a club as well.

“It is a great feeling and an amazing experience.”

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Godfrey signed for Everton ostensibly as a centre-half, the position he filled in his first Premier League campaign with Norwich last season.

He has experience in midfield but only two previous senior appearances at right back – for loan club Shrewsbury Town in March 2018 and in October 2016 for Norwich against Leeds United.

Godfrey blocked shots from Salah and Thiago soon after coming on.

Invited to attack, he confidently strode forward to create an opening for Richarlison.

Manager Ancelotti rated Godfrey’s display as “fantastic”, reserving particular credit for the player’s composed effort after half-time.

In addition to his two blocks, Godfrey made three clearances, won three aerial duels and recovered possession on three occasions, accelerating an acclimatisation process which was already well under way.

"I was told before I came the lads were a great bunch and it would be easy to settle in – that is exactly how it has been," added Godfrey.

“I trained in the past couple of days after being with England and I’ve been made to feel very welcome.

“It is a great bunch of lads and great characters.

“It has been so easy for me to settle and I already feel part of the group, which is credit to the lads.

“We went down to 10 men but ended up taking a point and can take confidence from the game but you have to recover and move on very quickly.”