Bernard offers Silva support
Everton winger Bernard has backed manager Marco Silva and praised his exacting standards and attention to detail.
Bernard has occasionally struggled to impose himself on the Premier League since joining the Merseyside club on a free transfer last summer from Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
He has scored only once this season but an encouraging cameo in the win at Cardiff last week convinced Silva to hand Bernard a starting role against Liverpool, with the Brazilian delivering an assured display in a goalless draw at Goodison Park.
The 26-year-old is keen to develop his game under Silva as he is a subscriber of the Portuguese's philosophies of high intensity, both in attack and defence.
He said on Everton's official website: "Without a doubt, (the manager is demanding) and emphasises the need to work hard - it is a collective effort and through that, we become stronger as a team.
"We have to do a lot of work. Football has changed a lot (for forwards), it is not just an offensive game, you have to be defensive as well.
"I give my best not just in attack but defensively, too. I have that intuition, that if you keep a clean sheet you are one step closer to victory."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.