Everton were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday but fans still took to social media to praise one of their men following the result.
Marco Silva’s side looked good to come away with a point, although they had a number of opportunities to come away with all three for the first time since 1999.
However, a crazy final minute ensued when Jordan Pickford decided to have a moment of madness when trying to deal with a ball he should have left.
The Toffees ‘keeper decided to try and deal with an attempt by Virgil van Djik that looped and saw him push it onto his crossbar.
In doing so, Pickford presented Divock Origi with the easiest of chances to write himself into Derby Day folklore and blew the lid off of Anfield.
Everton fans were outraged with the result following the conclusion of the game and could not believe what had happened.
A number of them took to social media to vent their frustrations, however, one player appeared to earn a number of plaudits.
Andre Gomes has quickly established himself as a fan-favourite at Everton, with many wanting him to complete a permanent transfer from Barcelona once his loan deal finishes.
The Portugal international appears to have settled into life at Goodison Park extremely well and supporters were pleased with his showing in the Merseyside Derby as well.
Fans reacted on Twitter to his performance with comments suggesting that he had been the best player on the pitch for the Toffees, with others echoing the desire to bring him to the club permanently.
Here are some of their reactions:
On reflection: Andre Gomes is a must sign. Best player on the park by a distance again today.
— Matt Hayes (@MattIsLaughing) December 2, 2018
Terrible slice of luck today Gomes a different level of player to what we have had. Silva looks like the man to me
— Michael (@MJC_EFC) December 2, 2018
1) This is gonna take some getting over. We had the best player on the pitch in Gomes. We were so positive and forward thinking but got nothing.
2) Only 6 months into the Marco Silva reign. Just think how good we’ll be 2 years in. The future’s bright. The future’s blue. #EFC
— Fakhrul (@supernaturalbro) December 2, 2018
Andre Gomes 👏👏 👌👌👌some player!
— Paul Walsh (@efc_paul) December 2, 2018
Only just getting over losing to them like that. Positive to take from that is how well we played against a title chasing side. Massive improvement in one window which can only get better with time. Gomes is quality we need to get him signed in Jan.
— Paul O'Brien (@paul69efc) December 2, 2018
Pay Barca what ever they want for André Gomes.
— Lee (@IeeEfc) December 2, 2018
Let’s look at the positives blues, another fantastic performance by Andre Gomes, It’s massively important that we make this deal permanent and hopefully we can begin negotiations in January. #EFC
— TheMightyBlues (@MightyBluesYT) December 2, 2018
Definitely, like I say the first half was even, could have been 2-2
2nd half we controlled it, just failed in the final third, Gomes was the best player on the pitch by a distance.
— Shoey Mc (@ShoeyEFC1234) December 2, 2018
andre gomes best midfielder on merseyside
— َ (@JM_EFC) December 2, 2018
@aftgomes André Gomes is just pure football poetry. Outstanding performance again today and a joy to watch. If you need to borrow a pen to sign that contract I’ve got one here 👍
— David Palmer (@DavidPalmer29) December 2, 2018