sport news Rafael Benitez will 'feel a bit of heat' if Everton lose Merseyside derby, ...

sport news Rafael Benitez will 'feel a bit of heat' if Everton lose Merseyside derby, ...
sport news Rafael Benitez will 'feel a bit of heat' if Everton lose Merseyside derby, ...
Rafael Benitez will 'feel a bit of heat' if Everton lose Merseyside derby amid seven-game winless streak, insists Ian Rush... but Liverpool legend backs Spaniard to turn it around at Goodison Park regardless of Wednesday's result

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Everton's supporters will crank up the pressure on Rafael Benitez by another notch if they lose Wednesday's Merseyside derby, according to Ian Rush.

The Toffees head into the first derby of the season against Liverpool on a torrid run of form, with Sunday's defeat at Brentford extending their winless run to seven matches.

Toffees fans showed V signs to their players and shouted abuse at them following their reverse at the Brentford Community Stadium, but Benitez has since urged the club's angry supporters to back their out-of-form team in the derby.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush

Everton boss Rafael Benitez

Rafa Benitez (right) will 'feel a bit of heat' from Everton's fans if he loses the Merseyside derby, according to Ian Rush (left)

The Toffees extended their winless run to seven games with defeat at Brentford on Sunday

The Toffees extended their winless run to seven games with defeat at Brentford on Sunday

But speaking to Gambling.com ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash at Goodison Park, Reds legend Rush insists Benitez is aware of the 'ruthless' industry he is in, especially after the Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sackings at Newcastle and Manchester United this season.

However, the 60-year-old former Wales forward has backed the under-fire Spaniard to turn the Toffees' fortunes around, regardless of the result against Jurgen Klopp's men.

'If Liverpool win and win well, Rafa will no doubt feel a bit of heat from the Toffees support and the press, but that's football and he'll be ready for that,' Rush said.

'We've seen it recently with Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing their jobs – it's a ruthless industry – but Rafa is fully aware of what he's got himself in to.

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