Jamie Carragher of Sky Sports before the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, June 2020

Watch: Carra calls Everton ‘a joke’; says Kenwright didn’t want Benitez

Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher pulled no punches when analysing Everton’s current predicament on Monday night, taking aim at owner Farhad Moshiri and saying that the Toffees are “an absolute mess and a bit of a joke right now.”

Carragher, who played 737 times for Liverpool, famously grew up an Everton fan and has referred to himself as the “biggest Blue in Bootle” growing up. But he wrote in his 2009 autobiography that there were “things about the club I can’t stand now.”

In his role as a pundit, he is notoriously up-front in his assessments and was not mincing his words when asked about Everton’s strategy and management before their game against Arsenal, which Everton started sitting 16th in the table.

Everton also have clear issues in how their squad has been put together and the director of football Marcel Brands’ departure was announced on Sunday,

Carraher started off a long monologue by saying, “The club’s a joke right now,” before going on to describe how, despite not winning much in the David Moyes era, that Everton “stood for something.”

Carragher then criticised Moshiri’s regime: “If you count interim managers, he’s had eight managers, Moshiri. He’s almost on his third director of football.

“The money spent is mind-boggling and they’re actually getting worse, Everton. Under Moshiri, they’ve signed 58 players. So that’s what I’m talking about this club being an absolute mess and a bit of joke right now.”

Carragher proceeded to stick the boot in further, saying: “There is no way in the world [directors] Bill Kenwright and Denise Barrett-Baxendale wanted Benitez anywhere near [Everton] but they’re so terrified of going against Moshiri…. because he’s the guy with the money.”

Everton did go on to win the game, however, coming from behind and grabbing the three points with a late scorcher from Demarai Gray. In the circumstances, it was more than a welcome boost to the embattled club.

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