Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has admitted that the Toffees are "disappointed" after drawing 2-2 with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby but admitted that keeping their unbeaten run intact could be important in the long run.
Carlo Ancelotti 's side have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, winning their first four league games, and they currently sit top of the table.
Everton have been tipped by some pundits to keep their form going and mount a challenge for a top four spot and Calvert-Lewin believes a draw against the reigning Premier League champions underlines their credentials.
Speaking after the game, the forward told BT Sport: "I'm disappointed we didn't win the game and I know the fans are too.
"It's frustrating but in terms of the bigger picture we got a point, we take it and we keep building. We want to keep that unbeaten run going and building towards that bigger picture at the end of the season.
"[It was a] very strange [ending]. As you expect in a derby you have tackles flying in and it's physical. There is always a chance the referee might bring out a yellow or a red [card].
In the end yeah [I'm happy with the point] but disappointed we didn't kick on at 1-1.
"We knew we'd go through spells without the ball but I've had chances where I'd back myself to put the ball away. I thought today would be the day we did it [and ended winless derby run] but it's on to the next one.
"I can't put my finger on why we came out slow, momentum was on our side but sometimes it happens. But we've made strides and got ourselves back in to the game and we had the chances to win it but we didn't take them today."
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Toffees boss Ancelotti added: "It is true, we could win, draw or lose [today]. The performance was good. We wanted to compete and in the end we competed really well.
"We never lost confidence, we were able to equalise the game two times. We had an opportunity to go up but we hit the post with Richarlison.
"Apart from the result, the performance was satisfying. I am really satisfied."