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Idrissa Gueye: I can’t let mickey-taker Sadio Mané get one over me | Andy Hunter

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The Everton midfielder and Liverpool winger will unite for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations in January but they are rivals for the Merseyside derby

The 227th Merseyside derby could dampen Christmas spirit for one half of Liverpool and reverberate all the way through to next month in Gabon. For the sake of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign, Senegal must hope peace and goodwill exists between Idrissa Gana Gueye and Sadio Mané once they have met as rivals at Goodison Park.

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Ronald Koeman finds some Everton’s spirit in nick of time for derby | Paul Wilson

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The blue side of Liverpool has not been able to celebrate victory in the derby since 2010 but Everton’s midweek win against Arsenal has shown them the way for Monday night

Ashley Williams’s 86th-minute winner against Arsenal on Tuesday was his first goal for Everton and the surge of blue pride it provoked could not have been better timed. It would be overstating the case to suggest Ronald Koeman and his players can now go into Monday’s Merseyside derby brim full of confidence, especially with Phil Jagielka suspended as a result of the last-minute mayhem in the Arsenal match, but at least the cloud of gloom that was beginning to surround Goodison has been lifted.

Before the Arsenal victory Koeman had been worrying aloud that his players were not strong enough to stand up to Watford, never mind Liverpool. It was a fair point. Everton’s encouraging start to the season had been squandered through defeats at Dean Court, Turf Moor, St Mary’s and Vicarage Road, not to mention the boos that were heard at home to Swansea before a late Séamus Coleman equaliser prevented the relegation strugglers escaping with an unlikely three points.

Related: Williams atones for error as Everton come from behind to sink Arsenal

Related: Lallana scores twice to ease Liverpool to victory over Middlesbrough

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Jürgen Klopp hopes Daniel Sturridge can return for Merseyside derby cameo

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• ‘Having Daniel Sturridge for 20 minutes against Everton would be fantastic’
• Emre Can also in contention for Goodison Park after knee injury

Jürgen Klopp will monitor Daniel Sturridge over the next 48 hours to see if he can coax a cameo out of the England striker in Monday’s Merseyside derby. Sturridge has missed Liverpool’s past five matches with a calf injury but stepped up his recovery during the week and, with the short trip to Goodison Park not taking place until the evening, has time to prove he can play some part.

Klopp believes the 27-year-old could fill the role of super-sub provided he is passed fit. “He cannot be 100% but having Daniel Sturridge for 20 minutes would be fantastic,” he said. “If he is available he will be involved. Until now he’s made four pitch sessions with the rehab coach. It would be nice if he could be part of my department … the pitch training that I’m responsible for. Maybe we can involve him today.”

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman looks to punish Liverpool’s defensive frailties

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• ‘Merseyside derby record is not good. One out of 19 – it’s time to beat them’
• Talks with Ross Barkley over new contract will open in new year

Ronald Koeman has told Everton it is time to improve their dismal derby record against Liverpool and draw encouragement from their rivals’ defensive problems.

Related: Everton v Liverpool: match preview

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Jürgen Klopp gears up for first visit to Everton by watching Creed

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• Manager enjoyed Rocky spin-off film with scene shot at Goodison Park
• Predecessor Brendan Rodgers was sacked after last season’s fixture

Jürgen Klopp has said he is relishing a first visit to Goodison Park after watching the Rocky spin-off Creed. Liverpool make the short trip across Stanley Park on Monday for the 227th Merseyside derby and Klopp’s debut at Goodison. The corresponding fixture last season was Brendan Rodgers’ final game as Liverpool manager and, though his successor watched the 1-1 draw on television, he took more notice of his rivals’ stadium when deciding to watch the Hollywood film after the club’s Christmas party on Thursday.

Creed, starring WBC cruiserweight champion and Evertonian Tony Bellew, featured a fight sequence filmed at Goodison Park and left its mark on Klopp, a self-confessed Rocky fan.

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Everton to start contract talks with Ross Barkley in new year

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• England international under contract with boyhood club until 2018
• Midfielder has endured difficult season under Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman said Everton will open talks over a new contract for Ross Barkley in the new year and insisted no club is “knocking on the door” for his players.

Everton secured new deals on Friday for the veteran midfielder Gareth Barry, defender Leighton Baines and promising youngster Mason Holgate. Barry and Baines would have been out of contract at the end of this season – the reported four-year deal Baines signed in 2014 included a conditional final 12 months – while Barkley is under contract until 2018.

Related: Leighton Baines and Gareth Barry agree new Everton contracts

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Everton v Liverpool: match preview

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The rivals approach the 227th Merseyside derby with morale lifted by important victories in midweek while also anxious to avoid a defeat that would ruin Christmas for one half of the city. Everton, who will be without the suspended captain, Phil Jagielka, are unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season but have not won any of the last 12 derbies. For all the scrutiny on their defence, Liverpool have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches and Jürgen Klopp will hope Joël Matip recovers from an ankle injury for their first experience of Goodison Park. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Monday 8pm

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Leighton Baines and Gareth Barry agree new Everton contracts

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• Everton also tie down defender Mason Holgate until 2021
• Barry and Baines sign deals until 2018 and 2019 respectively

Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry and Mason Holgate have agreed new contracts with Everton.

Baines, the 32-year-old left-back, had been in discussions over a new contract at Goodison Park since the summer and has agreed a contract until June 2019. Barry, the former England midfielder, has signed an extension until the summer of 2018. Only Ryan Giggs has made more Premier League appearances than the 35-year-old, who joined Everton from Manchester City in 2014.

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Leighton Baines in line for new two-year Everton contract

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• Everton eager to keep 32-year-old full-back at club
• Baines recently regained place from Bryan Oviedo

Leighton Baines is in line for a new two-year contract at Everton. The 32-year-old has been in discussions since the summer and it is understood agreement is close on a contract that will tie the full-back to the club until 2019.

Baines is in the final year of his current contract – signed after Everton had resisted approaches from Manchester United – and Ronald Koeman is keen to keep such an experienced player at Goodison Park.

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Guardiola and Koeman recognise difficulties of tackling the full English | Paul Wilson

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The Manchester City and Everton managers confirm that mastering English football and the emphasis on second balls is making life more difficult than they imagined it to be

English football. Is it any good or not? Do we have the game we desire, a contest with extra dimensions such as aggression and bravery, or is our version just a primitive ancestor of what everyone else is playing, a throwback revelling in the physical aspects of confrontation that more cerebral exponents bypassed years ago?

In some form or other the question has been debated for decades. The reason for asking it now is that on Tuesday 13 December 2016 both Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman made the same point about English football. They said it is more difficult because it is more unpredictable. The ball is in the air a lot more, and when the ball is in the air the outcome of any given challenge is more uncertain, because a player has to win a physical fight.

Related: Pep Guardiola: ‘I would not be here without Johan Cruyff. He was unique’

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Koeman dismisses Wenger’s criticism of referee after Everton beat Arsenal – video

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Ronald Koeman laughs off Arsène Wenger’s criticism of referee Mark Clattenburg after Everton defeat Arsenal on Tuesday, ending Arsenal’s run of 14 games unbeaten. Wenger questions the set-pieces that led to Everton’s winner. Koeman says each of his last three home victories against Arsenal were due to refereeing decisions

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Arsène Wenger’s referee complaints ridiculed by Ronald Koeman

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• Wenger claims corner that led to winning goal should not have been given
• ‘I am not surprised about Wenger and his comments,’ says Everton coach

Ronald Koeman ridiculed Arsène Wenger for claiming the referee Mark Clattenburg was responsible for Arsenal’s defeat at Everton as the visitors missed the chance to overtake Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten run was ended at a raucous Goodison Park, where Everton recovered from Alexis Sánchez’s deflected opener to win through headers from Séamus Coleman and Ashley Williams. Williams struck in the 86th minute from a Ross Barkley corner, the second in quick succession.

Related: Williams atones for error as Everton come from behind to sink Arsenal

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