The absence of Seamus Coleman was all too apparent for Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Ronald Koeman’s defence was undone by the brilliance of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, and Divock Origi, with only Matthew Pennington finding a reply for the Toffees.
If there was any doubt in Koeman’s mind that he needs someone to shore up the defence, it will have dissipated at Anfield.
The Sun claim he has now turned his attentions to Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier, who interestingly, was handed a rare start against his old club Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Spurs won that game 2-0 to put themselves right back in the title race, yet Trippier must be giving his future some serious thought.
It’s been nigh on impossible for the 26-year-old to oust Kyle Walker from the starting line-up in either of his two seasons at White Hart Lane.
The problem for Spurs is that they are unlikely to find another second-choice full-back as competent as Trippier. For Everton, they will need to convince him that he’ll still be able to play a role as and when Coleman returns from his double leg-break.