Marco Silva responds to sack talk as he sends Liverpool a message

Under-pressure Everton boss Marco Silva insists he is continuing as normal amid strong speculation suggesting he will be sacked in the wake of a defeat against Liverpool.

The Toffees have won just one of their last five Premier League games and sit just above the relegation zone, with Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester reportedly leaving the Portuguese coach on the brink.

The club have been linked with the likes of Jorge Jesus and David Moyes, while former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan even touted Marcelo Bielsa as a candidate.

However, despite the mounting pressure on his shoulders, Silva is keeping his head down and putting all his energies into Wednesday’s clash against table-topping Liverpool at Anfield.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Merseyside derby, Silva said: “Nothing changed in my feeling for the job.

“At some times in the season I was more happy. It is what it is.

“My work rate here, what I demand from my players doesn’t change but of course we are not happy with the results or the position in the table.”

On facing unbeaten league leaders Liverpool, Silva added: “When you play at Anfield it is a fantastic atmosphere to play in.

“For sure it will be a tough game. It is a special game for the city and the fans.

“Let’s go and enjoy it and embrace the challenge. Let’s go there to play.”

Everton could also face a battle to retain the services of one of their star men after Silva revealed Manchester United were one of three sides keeping a close watch on him.