Everton defender Vitalii Mykolenko has heaped praised on the club’s fans and even believes they outnumber Liverpool on Merseyside.

The defender has been speaking to the media in his country’s homeland, relayed by Tribuna, about life at the club and how Everton’s new stadium at Bramley Moore could see the numbers grow.

It’s been another difficult year of fighting relegation for Everton, with two points deductions totalling eight points putting them in difficulty throughout the campaign, all the while seeing Liverpool in a title battle.

A third straight relegation fight has not killed off Evertonian enthusiasm, though, with Toffees fans continuing to back their team and trying to push them over the line.

Optimism among the fanbase has been in low supply in recent years, with a series of financial issues, owner Farhad’s Moshiri’s failed attempt to sell the club and the aforementioned points deductions having done plenty of damage.

The big shining light on the horizon is the impending move to Bramley Moore, the club’s new shining, state of the art stadium on Liverpool’s docklands.

The Blues are set to move to their new home next year and Mykolenko is certainly looking forward to it, believing it could end in a surge of interest and growth in supporters too.

“As far as I understand, in Liverpool the Everton fan base is larger,” he said.

“Even with season tickets for a year, for a season, we had statistics somewhere – we have 25,000 out of 40,000. And at the new stadium, imagine what will happen.”