Liverpool-supporting QPR striker Charlie Austin admits it will be “funny” if Everton are relegated from the Premier League this season.
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat in the Merseyside derby, coupled with a Burnley win over Wolves, has left the Toffees two points adrift of safety with only six games left to save their top-flight status.
Austin actually bagged a brace against Everton earlier in the season when QPR knocked the Premier League side out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.
And the veteran striker, who is a Liverpool fan, says he has little sympathy for Frank Lampard’s men. Indeed, he would find it amusing if they suffered relegation to the second tier of English football for the first time in almost 70 years.
“How I can compare Liverpool and Everton at this moment is that years ago, before Man City had the money, Man United playing Man City was just a given that United were going to win.
“That’s what it’s been like with Liverpool and Everton.
“On Sunday morning, I was looking at the game and yes, I was excited. But I wasn’t looking at it and saying it’s derby day and it’s a big game.
“I just thought that it was another game that Liverpool were going to win. Everton have spent money.
Everton have wasted their money
“They’ve spent serious cash in the wrong areas and the wrong managers. Ronald Koeman, Carlo Ancelotti and they’ve thrown money in the wrong areas.
“I saw what Liverpool and Everton had spent over the last four years and Everton were bigger in every area.
“When people do that and throw that money about, it’s funny.”
Everton are currently two points behind Burnley in 17th but do have a game in hand.
However, the Clarets have a very winnable game against fellow strugglers Watford next, while Everton host Lampard’s old club Chelsea.