What The Papers Say - 23 May

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Reaction to Everton's defeat at Arsenal on the final day of the 2021/22 season features in Monday's media.

Blues boss Frank Lampard reflects on his time on Merseyside to date, while also looking ahead to what needs to be done to improve in the future.

Quoted in the Liverpool Echo, Lampard said: "My immediate feeling is absolute delight and relief that we kept the club in the league.

"Nobody knows on the outside - and I'm not sitting here to make a big case for the situation we were in - but confidence was low, the form was low and in a direction that would have taken us down in terms of results.

"Injuries have been bad throughout and that stayed - in the first week I lost two big centre-halves.

"There are lots of things, there are things I can say that happened and they were very difficult to fight against, and there are things I can say we can improve. And the thing when you come in mid-season is you just go game, game, game, so you are just finding ways to get points.

"The good thing about reflection and the pre-season now is we can actually work more on the things we want to work on, so it will be good to reflect a little bit, soak that up and see how we can improve the squad to get better and hopefully not be in this position next year."

Keeping with the Echo, the local newspaper reacts to Richarlison's Twitter post on Sunday evening.

The Brazilian paid tribute to Evertonians, labelling the supporters as "our player of the season".

In transfer news, Everton have joined the race to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski, according to 90min.

The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer and would be available to move on a free transfer.

Their sources add that Leicester City and Newcastle United are also interested in the experienced central defender.

The Blues have also been linked with a move for Fenerbahçe centre-back Kim Min-Jae.

Turkish outlet Ajansspor suggests the Club is ready to launch a bid for the South Korean international, who has a £19.4million release clause.