Tom Davies is relishing the thought of becoming Everton’s very own Steven Gerrard.
Anfield icon Gerrard is seen as one of the best players in Liverpool’s history, largely because of the impact he had in helping to guide the Reds to silverware.
He was instrumental in Liverpool’s Champions League win in 2005, helping to inspire one of the greatest comebacks in European football history, and also almost single-handedly won the Reds the FA Cup final in 2006 against West Ham, which many still refer to as the ‘Gerrard Final’.
And talkSPORT host Adrian Durham recently made the bold claim that Davies can replicate his influence in Everton’s blue.
Speaking on Drivetime, he said: “You know what he is, Tom Davies? He is Everton’s opportunity to produce their own Steven Gerrard.
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“That’s what he is. If Everton get this right with Tom Davies, then he could be as good, if not better than Steven Gerrard was for Liverpool.”
But instead of dismissing the bold comparison, Toffees midfielder Davies is relishing the opportunity to prove Durham right, having fought his way back in from the wilderness under Marco Silva to be one of the main men in the starting XI.
Speaking ahead of England Under-21’s game against Albania on Friday, the midfielder, who has already made 96 appearances for the Merseyside club, said: “Steven Gerrard was a quality player.
“To even be compared to him is just good to hear.
“I wouldn’t say I’m exactly the same as him. My main focus is improving my game.
“I feel like I can become a quality player. It’s about reaching the potential that I have. It’s in my hands to dictate that. In my head I know I can be a top quality player.
“Gerrard was a local lad. Around the city everyone knows him. If I can do that for Everton, that’s the idea. I’d love to do that.”
Davies has started the last four games for Everton and also scored the opener in the crucial 2-1 victory over Southampton, which may have helped save Marco Silva from the sack.
Before that run of games, he had played just 30 minutes of action since February, but he is now hoping to kick on and become an even better player.
“I’ve been around the first team for a long time now and when you’re younger you are just riding a wave, really.
“You’re just enjoying being where you are.
“This is my fourth [full] season in the Premier League now and I’ve got a lot more experience. I’ve come through the tough times.
“I feel like I am coming into the player I am. I know how to deal with stuff a bit better.”