Frank Lampard makes Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph ‘difficult’ admission after Everton defeat at Liverpool

Frank Lampard has explained the “difficult” decisions he faced over Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph ahead of Everton’s loss to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues lost 2-0 at Anfield thanks to second-half goals from Andrew Robertson and Divock Origi. The visitors had shown spirit in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to take anything away from the game.

When the squad news broke, a few eyebrows were raised at both Mina and Delph not being included in the starting XI, having both last played against Leicester City. While the latter took his place on the bench, the former was completely absent from the squad.

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Lampard then allayed any fears the centre-back had suffered an injury and explained his decision to leave the two on his side for the Merseyside Derby. He admitted it was not an easy decision, but felt it was the right one.

He said in his post-match press conference: “Tough decisions, they came in and were both very efficient. Delph for two games, Yerry for one.

“Yerry was a little stiff and tight two days after the game. It’s normal when you’ve been out for ten weeks and with his history it was a decision made with a difficult process of the next games to come.

“Delph was similar. They are important players for us and we knocked them out and the players who came in did well.”

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