Joe Cole insists Everton’s decision to hire Rafael Benitez was a ‘bad one’… as he criticises ‘poor recruitment’ and insists gap to Liverpool is ‘HUGE’ after 4-1 defeat in Merseyside derby

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  • Everton suffer their heaviest home Merseyside derby defeat in 39 years
  • Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah took Liverpool for two in 20 minutes
  • Some Everton fans decide to leave before Demarai Gray’s deficit is halved
  • But Salah’s second and Diogo Jota’s strike extended the hosts’ winless run to eight.
  • Joe Cole believes Rafa Benitez is not the right fit, criticizing club recruitment

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Joe Cole insists something ‘doesn’t fit’ between Rafael Benitez and Everton after a 4-1 loss in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool’s star forward Mohamed Salah netted twice while Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota were also on the scoresheet as the Toffees suffered their biggest home derby defeat in 39 years.

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Everton fans – who showed their anger towards the players during Sunday’s loss at Brentford – were seen leaving Goodison Park after just 20 minutes of the derby, therefore missing Demarai Gray’s strike in the 38th minute.

Rafael Benítez was appointed in the summer
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Joe Cole (left) insists something ‘doesn’t sit right’ between Rafael Benitez (right) and Everton

The Toffees suffered their biggest home Merseyside derby loss in 39 years on Wednesday

The Toffees suffered their biggest home Merseyside derby loss in 39 years on Wednesday

But it counted for two more goals in the second half for the Reds as the Toffees extended their winless run to eight games and put further pressure on Spanish boss Benítez.

And former Reds midfielder Cole – speaking during the first part of their defeat – admits Liverpool’s decision to hire ‘legend’ Benitez was a ‘bad one’, as he also slammed the club’s recruitment over the past decade.

Cole told Amazon Prime Video, ‘I think Rafael Benitez doesn’t fit in at Everton.

‘He’s hit a bump in the road and it’s a bad one for the fans to go after 20 minutes of the show for whoever decided to bring him in.

Jordan Henderson opens the scoring for Liverpool as he scored four runs in front of his rivals

Jordan Henderson opens the scoring for Liverpool as he scored four runs in front of his rivals

Mohamed Salah doubled Liverpool's lead after a sharp counter from the visitors

Mohamed Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead after a sharp counter from the visitors

‘Rafa is such a legend in Liverpool. I feel for the fans because the money that has been spent on this club in the last 10 years should be in a better shape than they are.

‘Players and managers have had to take responsibility for years, but recruiting alike hasn’t been good either.

‘It seems the difference between Liverpool and Everton is huge.’

Fans once again expressed their anger and some even left the stadium after 20 minutes.

Fans once again expressed their anger and some even left the stadium after 20 minutes.

So they missed Demarai Gray and halved the deficit seven minutes before half-time

So they missed Demarai Gray and halved the deficit seven minutes before half-time

Everton – who went into the derby on a seven-game winless streak – went back in the ninth minute when Henderson brilliantly converted Andy Robertson’s cut-back with his left foot.

A quick Reds then saw Salah double the lead within 20 minutes, but Gray brought the Toffees back to Alison’s effort.

However, a Seamus Coleman mistake allowed Salah of Egypt – who finished only seventh at this week’s Ballon d’Or – to net his second game before Jota added further shine with a rifle strike from a tight angle. allowed to do.

But Salah of Egypt swooped in on a Seamus Coleman error to restore the Reds' two-goal advantage

But Salah of Egypt swooped in on a Seamus Coleman error to restore the Reds’ two-goal advantage

Diogo Jota (right) then wrapped up the points with a finely rifled finish from a tight angle

Diogo Jota (right) then wrapped up the points with a finely rifled finish from a tight angle

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