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Rafa Benitez provides positive Everton January transfer window update & confirms Calvert-Lewin boost

Rafael Benitez was not a popular appointment at Goodison Park

Everton vs Brighton

Everton will be back in Premier League action on Sunday the 2nd of January.

The Toffees are set to play host to Brighton in a 2 pm UK time kick-off.

Everton head into the game on an awful run of form which sees them begin gameweek 21 of the Premier League season down in 15th place in the table.

Granted, the Blues do have at least one game in hand on most of the sides above them, so they could yet climb up to around 13th. However, this does not take away from the fact that the Merseysiders need to seriously improve their recent form.

They will likely struggle to do so this weekend, however, as Graham Potter’s Brighton continue to prove themselves one of the tougher sides in the league to beat.

Only the top-three of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have fallen to defeat on fewer occasions in the Premier League than Brighton this term.

Rafa Benitez on January & Calvert-Lewin

Ahead of what is expected to prove a tough test for Everton, Rafael Benitez spoke to the press on Friday.

When doing so, the Spaniard provided a Covid-19 update on his squad:

“Do you know any family in England Covid-free? We are getting better. Obviously we’ve had issues, players with problems are coming back and training. We cannot give names, in terms of Covid we have less problems.”

Benitez also spoke out on Everton’s attempts to secure fresh bodies in January:

“We are working hard. We are trying to find some targets to improve the team. Everybody knows how difficult January is. Everybody is a little bit worried about Covid, no-one wants to spend too much money. That is complicated.”

On the same subject, he added:

“I am quite confident we will do two or three things.”

Last up, Benitez provided an update on the fitness of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who finally appears to be on his way back from injury:

“Dominic is training with the team. One thing is match fitness, which you can improve playing games. Match fitness, we will see. Maybe he scores three goals in the first half and we don’t need to worry about his match fitness.”

Quotes via the Liverpool Echo.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6