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Lampard warns Everton of another relegation battle

The Toffees secured their Premier League status in dramatic fashion on Thursday by beating Crystal Palace 3-2, two goals down - and Lampard now wants the club's resolve. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonFrank Lampard has warned Everton they risk another relegation battle next season if they don't pull themselves together this summer. The Toffees secured their Premier League status in dramatic fashion on Thursday night by beating Crystal Palace 3-2 after falling two goals behind. It sparked wild scenes inside and outside Goodison Park as fans stormed the pitch and partied late into the night, with Lampard and his players sucking in the applause. Frank Lampard celebrated with his Everton stars after they fought their way to Premier League safety. The Toffees sagged 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace before clinching a dramatic 3-2 win. After the dust settled, the Everton boss was quick to deliver a dose of realism regarding his 16th-placed team's situation. And Lampard stressed the importance of pre-season and recruitment better than in recent transfer windows if the Toffees are looking to move up the table next season. When told Everton were too big a club to fight against relegation, Lampard replied: 'But is it? What right do Everton have to be safe in the Premier League every year and will it stay that way forever? We must try to find improvements. Lampard arrived on January 31 and has struggled to bolster Everton during a largely dismal season. It's a great, great feeling, but the things we can do to make it better are things we have to work on and make a difference. “We want to bring the club forward. I have to work in pre-season. We now have (director of football) Kevin Thelwell, we have the board who are interested in getting the best out of this club. "We don't want to be here next year, but we understand that if we don't take positive steps, it's possible. It's important we work fast.” Richarlison (left) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin may be ready to move on after Everton stayed up. As well as making smart signings, Lampard is desperate to keep his star players - namely goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and strikers Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, both of whom scored crucial goals against Palace. "Those talks were put on hold because everyone knew our situation," Lampard admitted. Players want to play in the Premier League and all the players you mentioned want that. "You've seen the level of quality from Jordan throughout the season but especially over the last six weeks, and from Dominic and Richarlison against Palace. Lampard admires England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and revealed talks have started with him: "We want to be successful, we want to continue like this so those talks can start from now." Everton have breached the Premier League's financial fair play rules after suffering huge losses for three straight years. Asked if he would have to sell to buy this summer, Lampard replied: "I don't feel like I have to do that. I know it's a big story. I know FFP. But I don't know the details. "If it were up to me let me keep the players who have performed really well for the club." Lampard's last word went to the fans who have lined the streets outside of Goodison ahead of recent home games to cheer the team bus into the stadium - a support he says his side cannot take for granted. That's not how it works," Lampard added. “They dragged us over the line with that behavior but we as a club have to start from scratch next season.

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Arteta is ready to unleash Martinelli's attack threat from the off

With a win needed to have any chance of making the top four, the predicted Arsenal side against Everton could see Gabriel Martinelli unleashed from the start. (Author: Gardener)

MartinelliWith a win needed to have any chance of a top-four spot, the predicted Arsenal side against Everton could see Gabriel Martinelli unleashed from the start. Arsenal have worked hard to finish in the Champions League spots this season. From late April through May, they enjoyed a four-game winning streak, defeating some of their closest rivals. First, they defeated third-placed Chelsea 4-2. The Gunners defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the following game. West Ham were the next side to suffer defeat against Mikel Arteta's side as Arsenal beat them 2-1. The Gunners then defeated Leeds United to extend their winning streak. Spurs beat Arsenal 3-0 and took the driver's seat for fourth place. Aaron Ramsdale started on the net. The two centre-back positions were filled by the usual partnership of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes. Tomiyasu - who picked up an injury and was replaced by Cedric Soares - started at right-back with Nuno Tavares at left-back. Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard played with Emile Smith Rowe behind the striker. Eddie Nketiah started at the top again, as he has in the last seven games. An Arsenal win would go a long way in the pursuit of Champions League football. Ramsdale will launch on the web. White and Gabriel should remain partners at the heart of the defense. Cedric will likely start at right-back in place of the injured Tomiyasu. Xhaka and Elneny are likely to remain in defensive midfield positions. However, Smith Rowe - Arsenal's second-best goalscorer - could be replaced. Gabriel Martinelli came on to replace the Englishman last time out and has been more of an attacking threat lately. Since Smith Rowe's last goal, Martinelli has netted once and provided three assists and his performance in front of goal is likely more of an attractive advantage for Arteta given their situation. Nketiah - who is looking to return to the goalscoring charts after failing to score in the last two - should be granted another start up front. READ MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals summer strategy with three Arsenal transfers in the game; Xhaka ranted The article Predicted Arsenal team to face Everton: Arteta poised to unleash attacking threat Martinelli from the start appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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Leeds and Burnley demand Premier League action over Everton's financial losses

Leeds and Burnley call for Premier League action over Everton's financial losses - The two clubs have asked for an independent commission to be set up to investigate the matter. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonLeeds and Burnley have written to the Premier League claiming Everton have seriously breached financial rules. The two clubs sent a joint letter to the league on May 13 asking that an independent commission be set up to investigate the matter within six weeks of their correspondence. Leeds and Burnley have threatened to file a substantial claim for damages against the Premier League and Everton after the Merseyside club have reported £371.8million in losses over the past three years. Leeds and Burnley, who were pictured at Elland Road in the Premier League in January, have written to the Premier League raising concerns that Everton have breached financial rules (Mike Egerton / PA) (PA Wire). Lose a maximum of £105m over a three-year period or face penalties that include point deductions for serious breaches. The PA news agency understands Leeds and Burnley see the issue as a sporting integrity issue and are urging the Premier League to enforce their own rules - and a possible points deduction - if Everton are found guilty of breaching financial rules. Leeds and Burnley, one of whom will be relegated in Sunday's final matchday, were locked in a three-way relegation battle with Everton. Everton fans celebrate Premier League safety after beating Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Thursday (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire) The Premier League declined to comment when contacted by the PA news agency, as did Leeds and Burnley. Losses caused by the Covid pandemic can be written off but Leeds and Burnley have raised concerns about Everton's losses. Everton's pandemic-related losses have been more than three times those of other clubs of a similar size. The Merseyside club announced their full-year results in March and said £170m of the losses were linked to the "dramatic and ongoing financial impact" of the Covid pandemic. England midfielder Dele Alli joined Everton in the January transfer window (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Wire) Everton were one of the biggest donors in the last January transfer window, with reports of £30million being spent on Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson . An Everton spokesman told the Times: "We've worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we're compliant, that we're confident we've played by the rules. Leeds and Burnley are also said to have raised their concerns that the league has not acted appropriately or quickly enough. Those concerns could now lead to what is possibly the biggest legal challenge the Premier League and a club have faced in 15 years. West Ham paid Sheffield United £20million in 2007 after being fined for breaking third-party rules when signing Argentina striker Carlos Tevez.

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Leeds & Burnley threaten legal action over Everton's finances

Leeds and Burnley threaten legal action against Everton and the Premier League for handling club finances. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonLeeds and Burnley are threatening legal action against Everton and the Premier League for handling the club's finances. They have posted losses of £372million over the past three years. The league's profitability and sustainability rules allow for losses of £105m over three years. But Everton say Covid-19 losses total £170million over the last two seasons. This figure has caught some Premier League teams by surprise as it eclipses clubs of a similar size. Earlier this week Newcastle recorded £40million in Covid-19 losses over the last two seasons, while Aston Villa said their losses totaled £56million. Everton, embroiled in a relegation battle with Leeds and Burnley, secured their Premier League status with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday. Burnley and Leeds are calling for an independent commission to assess Everton's finances as a matter of urgency. Burnley, Leeds and the Premier League all declined to comment when contacted by BBC Sport. Publishing their accounts in March, Everton said their actual losses over three years were around £170million as Covid losses can be written off, with the figure calculated as an average of the last two seasons. They also said other expenses, including spending on their new Bramley Moore Dock stadium and on the club's academy and women's team, are balancing their finances. Everton said in March they remain in a "secure financial position" after further support from their owner Farhad Moshiri, who has invested more than £600m in the club since he first bought shares in the club in 2016. Usmanov is a close business partner of Moshiri and also paid Everton £30million for the naming rights of their yet to be built stadium, set to open in 2024. * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - follow your team and subscribe to the BBC Sport app for notifications to make sure you don't miss a moment

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Calvert-Lewin's transfer to Arsenal is taking shape after the five-fold update resulted in Everton's departure

Everton are ready to listen to offers for DCL and a five-fold update has boosted Arsenal's hopes. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonEverton are ready to hear offers for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a report has uncovered five reasons why a move to Arsenal seems the most likely. Everton had been dragged into the middle of a relegation battle and were down 2-0 to Crystal Palace at half-time, with a final-day reckoning looking likely. Still, Frank Lampard's side have consistently performed well on home soil and a superb second-half comeback helped secure their Premier League status. Calvert-Lewin completed the comeback as he nodded home the winner in the 85th minute. That's according to Football Insider, who say a move to Arsenal is moving forward. The Gunners are known to be on the hunt for new attacking players this summer. Regardless, Mikel Arteta will need a new, strong No.9 and Football Insider reckon it could be Calvert-Lewin. The report includes five encouraging updates for the Gunners, starting with Everton's attitude. The Toffees are said to be open to his exit this summer and will be "listening" to offers for their frontman. On the contrary, Everton's attitude reportedly stems from their desire to transform a team that was on the verge of relegation. Calvert-Lewin is one of their best-selling assets and would allow Lampard to address multiple positions in the market. Second, it is claimed that the player himself is "eager" to experience a new challenge. In addition to Arsenal, Newcastle are also said to be there. Adding more fuel to the fire is saying Calvert-Lewin's favorite target of the two is Arsenal. Additionally, Arsenal have reportedly committed around £45million for a new striker this summer. Given that Calvert-Lewin has scored just five goals in an injury-plagued season this year, he should be available on a fee within that budget. Finally, the shooter also fits the profile of the player Arsenal wants to target. According to the report, they are looking for a "proven" centre-forward aged 25 or younger. Calvert-Lewin is 25 and Arteta recently claimed Arsenal's recruitment strategy could be similar to last summer. While the report makes a compelling case for Calvert-Lewin to Arsenal, widespread coverage elsewhere has put Man City's Gabriel Jesus in the frame. Whether Arsenal would be able to sign both remains to be seen. However, given the choice, we think Arteta should go for the Brazilian. Calvert-Lewin's game revolves around hold-up play and mastery of the air. Calvert-Lewin may have starved of the kind of service he thrives on in the Emirates. The article Calvert-Lewin transfer to Arsenal takes shape after five-fold update marks departure from Everton first appeared on Teamtalk.com.

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Leeds and Burnley demand Premier League action over Everton's financial losses

Leeds and Burnley have written to the Premier League claiming Everton have seriously breached financial rules. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonEverton have posted losses of over £371m in the last three years (Martin Rickett/PA) Everton have posted losses of over £371m in the last three years (Martin Rickett/PA) Leeds and Burnley have written to the Premier League and claims that Everton seriously breached financial rules. Leeds and Burnley have threatened to file a substantial claim for damages against the Premier League and Everton after the Merseyside club have reported £371.8million in losses over the past three years. The Premier League's profit and financial sustainability rules allow clubs to lose a maximum of £105m over a three-year period or face penalties that include point deductions for serious breaches. The PA news agency understands Leeds and Burnley see the issue as a sporting integrity issue and are urging the Premier League to enforce their own rules - and a possible points deduction - if Everton are found guilty of breaching financial rules. Leeds and Burnley, one of whom will be relegated in Sunday's final matchday, were locked in a three-way relegation battle with Everton. The Premier League declined to comment when contacted by the PA news agency, as did Leeds and Burnley. Losses caused by the Covid pandemic can be written off but Leeds and Burnley have raised concerns about Everton's losses. Everton's pandemic-related losses have been more than three times those of other clubs of a similar size. The Merseyside club announced their full-year results in March and said £170m of the losses were linked to the "dramatic and ongoing financial impact" of the Covid pandemic. An Everton spokesman told the Times: "We've worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we're compliant, that we're confident we've played by the rules. “External auditors have told us what we can and cannot claim against the pandemic. Leeds and Burnley are also said to have raised their concerns that the league has not acted appropriately or quickly enough. Those concerns could now lead to what is possibly the biggest legal challenge the Premier League and a club have faced in 15 years. West Ham paid Sheffield United £20million in 2007 after being fined for breaking third-party rules when signing Argentina striker Carlos Tevez.

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Everton face legal threat as furious Burnley and Leeds contact Premier League

Everton secured their Premier League place for next season with a dramatic win over Crystal Palace, but their relegation rivals were particularly upset (Author: Gardener)

EvertonEverton secured their Premier League spot for next season with a dramatic win over Crystal Palace, but their relegation rivals were particularly upset. Lampard says Everton can relax for the trip with Arsenal - La Liga spending rules The two clubs have joined forces and written a letter to Everton and the Premier League warning them they could sue for substantial damages and throw relegation scrap into chaos. The Premier League's profit and financial sustainability rules allow clubs to lose a maximum of £105m over three years - and face potential point deductions if they don't comply. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri funded the club while Alisher Usmanov was also a big supporter until he was sanctioned by the government when sanctions kicked in in Ukraine after the war. Burnley and Leeds fear Everton have been allowed to continue playing without sanctions or investigation, which could give them an unfair advantage. They want an independent inquiry to decide whether Everton broke rules in the Premier League, for which all 20 clubs have signed up. The two clubs are fighting for their lives but are said to have been backed by Premier League rivals who are unhappy with Everton's spending as they believe it poses an integrity issue. Will Everton face relegation problems next season? The joint action is the most serious since West Ham United paid Sheffield United £20m in compensation in 2007 after he was fined for breaking third-party rules in signing Carlos Tevez in 2007 - rather than a points deduction to obtain. Former West Ham striker Tevez's goals kept his club alive at the expense of Sheffield United and now Burnley and Leeds are at risk, but sources suggest it is a wider problem, potentially affecting even Arsenal, if they lose to Everton and potentially miss the trip four. Mirror Sport contacted the Premier League, who declined to comment, while Everton have also been contacted. Clubs can write off losses caused by the Covid pandemic, but Leeds and Burnley claim Companies House filings show Everton are more than three times the size of clubs of a similar size. Losses caused by the Covid pandemic can be written off, but Leeds and Burnley have raised concerns that media reports and Companies House filings show Everton's Covid-related losses are more than three times those of clubs of a similar size. An Everton spokesman is quoted as saying: "We've worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we're compliant, we're confident we've played by the rules.

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The key moments in Everton's fight for survival in the Premier League

Sportsmail looks at the key moments that helped the Toffees survive, manager Lampard's role and how they can improve next season in the Premier League. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonAfter months of nerve-wracking tension, fear and perhaps even acceptance that their long, uninterrupted spell in English football's top flight could be coming to an end, Everton fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief after their dramatic win over Crystal Palace. Frank Lampard's side were two goals down at half-time and faced the possibility of going into the final day of the season as their Premier League status was under serious threat. But then the Toffees launched a rousing comeback as second-half goals from Michael Keane, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had Goodison Park in raptures. That means Everton will play in the Premier League next season. There were times - too many for Everton fans to count - when that felt like a distant dream. When Lampard took over in January to replace the sacked Rafael Benitez, Everton were 16th with one win and three draws from their last 14 games. Here Sportsmail delves into the key moments that helped the Toffees survive, what Lampard did right and wrong and what he needs to do next season to avoid another relegation battle. While few tears were shed among Goodison's faithful when Benitez was finally fired, Lampard's arrival didn't exactly spark the new manager's typical upswing. Lampard had won just one league game before Newcastle, who were enjoying a resurgence even under Eddie Howe, arrived at Goodison Park for a crucial midweek game with both the Blues manager and his supporters desperate for three points. Alex Iwobi's vital goal gave the 10-man Everton a 1-0 win over Newcastle at Goodison in March. A tense battle looked set for a draw and the home side appeared to have made things worse when Brazilian midfielder Allan was controversially sent off with seven minutes remaining. The jitters in the stadium were palpable and as the clock ticked down to the 100th minute Alex Iwobi scored a well-crafted goal to send the stands delirious. The win put Everton three points clear of Watford with two games in hand. The dramatic loss to Burnley in April sparked a comeback from Lampard's Everton Everton beat Manchester United three days later thanks to Anthony Gordon at Goodison Park. What followed was the stuff of nightmares for Everton fans as Jay Rodriguez equalized before Maxwel Cornet scored what proved to be the winner five minutes from time. Burnley's win closed the gap on Everton in 17th place to just a single point. Perhaps the magnitude of the loss was a slap in the face as it prompted a comeback that ultimately saw safety confirmed against Palace on Wednesday night. Barely three days later, Everton had a chance to bounce back immediately and react to their disappointing defeat by Burnley when Manchester United came to town knowing they could finish in the last three if results went against them. The significance of the narrow 1-0 win over United did not escape Everton fans, while United, whose top four hopes were rapidly dwindling at the time, would have been the opponents' choice for most of the league by this point after well documented issues, Everton still had the job to do - and they did. United were little troubled after that as Everton's defense held firm to give them some breathing room in the dogfight for relegation and erase the growing darkness over Goodison. Back-to-back wins for first time since August – May 1 and May 8 Chelsea were Goodison's visitors on the first day of May for a competition that saw Lampard face off against the team he signed up for during his playing days career had made a name side he had last managed. It was always an emotional day for Chelsea's record goalscorer, but he kept his cool in the dugout and led his new club to a famous win. Jordan Pickford excelled in Everton's 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison in April. Everton then defeated Chelsea to record two wins for the first time since August, making several excellent saves to keep Chelsea in check and retain the three points. Everton traveled to Leicester seven days later in hopes of continuing their decent form after losing to Burnley. Lampard's side emerged 2-1 winners as goals from Vitaliy Mykolenko and Mason Holgate saw them climb out of the relegation zone. What Lampard got right The mood at Goodison with Benitez at the helm was perhaps as bad as it had ever been. Rafa Benitez was an unpopular appointment and failed to win over Everton fans. Fans have shown their support for Lampard and his players outside of Goodison before games would always turn venomous. The images we've seen ahead of Everton's home games, where thousands have gathered in front of Goodison to greet the team in a sea of ​​blue smoke, speak for themselves. That connection simply wasn't there under Benitez and Lampard deserves plenty of credit for mending a relationship that no doubt had an impact on their struggle to avoid the fall. Iwobi and Gordon may not be household names but they have played a vital role in stopping Everton from slipping into the Championship in recent weeks. The Nigerian, whose transfer fee of £35million has been used as a stick to beat him since arriving from Arsenal, has at least started to prove his doubters wrong under Lampard, who has found a way to get the best out of the past few Months. Alex Iwobi's form has improved dramatically in recent months after a poor start to the season. Iwobi has been far from a fan favorite but he has shown promise and could prove to be a key member of Lampard's team. Like Iwobi, Gordon scored an important winner in the relegation run and his vigorous performances during Lampard's tenure have attracted attention. The youngster broke Liverpool at times during the Merseyside derby and is quickly becoming a hero in the Goodison fan base. Gordon also scored in the win against Leeds in February - the first league win Lampard had scored since taking charge. Gordon is quickly becoming a fan favorite at Everton and is an important part of the team. Everton have only been beaten once at home since March 13 when Wolves clinched a narrow 1-0 win - another game that saw the Toffees reduced to 10 players. Chelsea and Manchester United left Goodison empty-handed as Wolves took all three points on Everton's turf while Leicester waited for a draw. Lampard has reconnected with the fans and made Everton hard to beat on their own patch. Since Lampard arrived to take the Everton hotseat, the Toffees have earned 16 points - more than a third of their tally for the whole season - on their own patch. Everton's home form was crucial in halting the shame of being relegated to the Championship. Lampard, opting for a formation that appears to be working has made his side hard to beat and got the crowd - famous for his 'Goodison boo' - and players headed in the same direction. What Lampard did wrong There are those in the Everton fan base who believe that Lampard was more than to blame for the aforementioned April loss to Burnley. When the Turf Moor visitors led the way, Everton failed at the kill and their low-key approach eventually cost them big bucks. With a 2-1 lead, Lampard's side had a platform to move on and claim a win that would have pushed Burnley closer to the relegation trapdoor. Everton failed to beat already relegated Watford earlier this month in what could have been a missed opportunity. A win there would have eased their fears of relegation considerably, but they went with a point after a dour and dismal 0-0 draw. Lampard has been in charge since January 31 but took his time to decipher which players he could trust and in which position he should play them. Allan has found himself in the Everton team since Lampard took charge. The Everton manager may have relied too much on two in midfield in many defeats, prompting calls from fans for a staff change, but eventually found a formation that produced results. Everton have been just as bad on the road as they are at home, although Lampard isn't entirely to blame for starting this worrying trend under Benitez. An away win since Lampard replaced the Spaniard is simply not enough for a side that have been fighting for their lives in the Premier League. Everton were beaten 5-0 by Spurs in March in another disastrous result away from home. In fact, they've only won away to Goodison twice all season. Their score of 10 is the same as basement side Norwich, who were relegated with four games to go. Yes, Lampard has taken his team to daunting places like Anfield and Tottenham, but his return of four away points is one of the reasons their decades-long stint in the top flight almost came to an end. The Everton manager will be happy to have secured his status ahead of his last game of the season, a difficult trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal next Sunday. Lampard's plans for next season Having confirmed their Premier League spot for the 2022-23 season after beating Palace, attention is now turning to how they can improve next season. It was embarrassing for some that Everton, who have spent more than half a billion pounds since Farhad Moshiri bought a majority stake in the club in 2016, were ever in danger of slipping down to the second division. It's up to Lampard to ensure this season is an anomaly, but how does he do it? Everton have spent more than £500m since Farhad Moshiri bought a majority stake. Salomon Rondon is among the players Lampard should deliver in the summer. Instead, Lampard should opt to hire young, hungry players and will need to build a suitable squad at their £500m new stadium - but on a budget. Gone are the days of spending more than £100m in a summer window for now and Lampard needs to free up funds by sending out players he doesn't want or ones he can't count on. Everton's financial woes are well documented - they have lost over £370million in the last three financial years - and Lampard, unlike some of his predecessors, needs to spend the money he is given wisely. The fans at Goodison, who have been put to the test this season, will also hope Lampard's team can start playing more attractive football, trading in survival mode for a front foot and more adventurous style that their passionate fan base believes it deserves . The win over Palace sparked jubilant scenes as Everton fans celebrated avoiding the fall

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Jurgen Klopp sends a message to Frank Lampard after Everton avoided relegation to the Premier League

A huge boost for the toffees. (Author: Gardener)

Jurgen KloppJurgen Klopp congratulated Everton after last night's win over Crystal Palace (Image: LFC/PA) Crystal Palace's performance against Everton last night has reinforced Jurgen Klopp's belief that Aston Villa will do everything they can to host Manchester City's planned title party on Sunday disturb. Liverpool's Merseyside rivals came from 2-0 down at Goodison Park last night to record a win that guaranteed their Premier League status for another season. Heading into this weekend's Premier League final, the Reds will be hoping for a favor from Villa, who have little to offer but pride against a City side who will retain the title with a win. Everton toasted their Premier League survival after last night's win at Goodison Park (Image: Getty). However, Klopp is confident the Midlands side will give their all regardless of Steven Gerrard's loyalty to Liverpool and also took the time to pay tribute to Everton for what ultimately proved to be an impressive act of escapology. He said: "Congratulations to Everton on staying in the league. But [Crystal Palace] is a good example of everyone playing to win. 'Aston Villa will play to win. It's disrespectful to wolves. They come here and want to win.” “If I could play a game to help Dortmund or Mainz, that would be an extra motivation for me. "But I don't play and Stevie doesn't play. It's a shame Stevie doesn't play more when I don't play. Stevie will take it seriously without me calling him or whatever. On the pitch invasion following Everton's win, Klopp added: "It could have been dangerous. I'm not sure how to avoid this. I understand emotions, but it's massively uncomfortable for the other team. People threaten themselves by jumping over them. "We can celebrate without threatening ourselves and the opposition." Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Frank Lampard is focused on squad building after Everton avoided relegation

The Toffees lost their status as top players for the first time in 71 years with a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. (Author: Gardener)

Frank LampardEverton manager Frank Lampard will immediately focus on making his squad better and more balanced, knowing without them they could fight relegation again. The Toffees could lose their top status for the first time in 71 years with a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday, securing their future after a season of struggles. But despite the wild scenes at the final whistle, Lampard is well aware that the reason they were in such chaos was down to poor performances and he is keen to address this through recruitment and retention. "It was obviously second on the priority list because we had to get that done (to avoid relegation)," he said. “We will now quickly think about that because we have to bring the club forward. Can we make the squad stronger and more balanced? “We now have Kevin Thelwell (the new director of football), we have the board who are interested in getting the best out of the club. "We don't want to be here next season but we understand that if we don't take positive steps it could be possible so we will be ready to move on as soon as possible." Six players - two backup goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Andy Lonergan, defender Jonjoe Kenny, midfielder Fabian Delph and strikers Cenk Tosun and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all out of contract this summer. Of these, Everton might want to try and keep Begovic and Delph, for whom deals would be relatively cheap, but the squad needs an injection of fresh blood. Dele Alli's second-half performance against Palace gave him arguably his best performance in four disappointing months since joining from Tottenham and Lampard is hoping he can put the England international back in top form. The Everton manager is also hoping that extending his Premier League stint will convince some of his better players they can still enjoy a future at the club. Match-winner Dominic Calvert-Lewin may have had an injury-plagued season but he has been linked with a summer move, with Arsenal suggested among clubs as a suggested destination, while England number one Jordan Pickford and Richarlison, who came to life with six goals in nine games as the crisis peaked are the only other players who could be lured away. "Those talks were put on hold because everyone knew our situation," he said. Players want to play in the Premier League, all those players want, so those talks can start now. “You've seen the quality of Jordan throughout the season, but especially Dominic (against Palace) and Richarlison in the last six weeks. "We want to be successful, we want to continue that." What the manager doesn't yet know is the impact of the profit and sustainability rules, given that the club has made an overall loss of more than £370million over the last three years and he will be forced to to raise money before he can spend it. "To be honest, I didn't feel that, but if that's the case, we'll sit down and try to find the best way," he said. "If it were up to me let me keep players who are doing really well for the club and let's stay as high up the table as we can. "My biggest thing here is that I want a happy, determined camp moving in the same direction and we have to look at that in every way."

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