Everton manager Ronald Koeman is still confident that he is the man to turn the club's fortunes around following an embarrassing 5-2 loss at Goodison Park.
With majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri watching on from the stands, the loss saw Everton sink into the relegation zone on goal difference. Having splashed over £150m on players this summer, Koeman's new look squad has bitterly disappointed.
Following the result, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Koeman said: “Yeah. I spoke to the players and everybody is disappointed. It's how you look at the situation. If you start to think negatively then maybe there is no solution. But I am not like that.
“But okay, once again it's all rumours and newspapers (talking about his future) but that's normal. I mentioned last Friday that it's normal. The team is underperforming and in a difficult situation mentally, they are struggling for confidence and that's what we need to change."
With his future inevitably in doubt, a run of four games without a win could signal the end for the Dutchman. Walking off the pitch to a chorus of boos, the manager remains positive in spite of this: “I still personally believe that I can change the whole situation. But everybody knows how it works in football.
“But okay, that's only what I am answering about this question. Ask somebody else"
Koeman added, “I don't know if I'll speak to Farhad [Moshiri]. I always speak or text to the board after a game."
The extent of this conversation remains to be seen, but Koeman's job is clearly hanging in the balance especially after such a poor defeat.
When asked if there were any positives to take from the game, Koeman provided a truly harrowing response that shows the situation that Everton find themselves in currently:
“Don't talk about positives because the final result is a 5-2 defeat at home. Write what you like to write tomorrow.”