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Frank Lampard: Everton cannot let results elsewhere influence them

Everton manager Frank Lampard insists they cannot be swayed by the results around them.

By the time they start at Anfield in the 240th Merseyside derby late on Sunday, the Toffees could be in the bottom three of the Premier League if Burnley manage to secure at least a point at home to Wolves earlier today.

However, with the Clarets remaining their main rivals in the race to avoid relegation, Lampard has not ruled out teetering at Leeds above them.

Their fellow strugglers are just four points clear, having played one game more than Everton, and the Blues boss believes if they get closer to Jesse Marsch’s side it will also increase the pressure on them.

“We can’t gauge our mindset or our attitude on other results. They will happen, you have to expect other teams to win games,” he said.

“Until you’re mathematically out of it, you’re in for a battle.”

Lampard knows his side are making the short trip through Stanley Park with low expectations, having picked up just six away points all season.

Even victory at Anfield last year – their first since 1999 – against an injury-ravaged and out-of-form Liverpool side was considered against all odds, so the Everton manager has no problem accepting it. the fact that no one really gives them a chance.

“There is no problem being an underdog, we are the underdogs, that’s clear because of Liverpool’s position in the process,” he added.

“But where we are, we have to fight until the last minute no matter what happens in this game.”

Everton’s chances have not been helped by the absence of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose injury-plagued season continues with a thigh problem that keeps him out.

The England international has made just 14 appearances this season and the team have struggled for goals without him, but Lampard doesn’t believe there is anything more serious with the striker.

“I think every gamer has a potential underlying problem. No one is a machine, it’s a tough industry and gamers are in high demand,” he said.

“There is obviously an element of bad luck where it happens to the players, they have a bad luck streak and we know that one injury leads to another.

“Nobody is infallible in these terms. Dominic is like all the other players, he had a bad spell.

Richarlison has been bound to fill the central role but he is not playing to his strengths and the impact substitution of Salomon Rondon to help secure a late draw against Leicester on Wednesday could give Lampard something to think about.

“He showed an ability to hold the ball and be involved in goal and I knew he had that,” the manager said.

“He’s a smart player, a good player with a great work ethic. He’s a great option.

“With Richy (Richarlison), if you look at the modern-day number nine, it’s different from years ago. Dominic is maybe closer to that old-timer.

“Richarlison can play that role for us, but he can also work on the left, both inside and outside.

“It’s a real beauty to have frontline players who can be versatile.”