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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

The Merseyside derby countdown kicks off in Tuesday's newspapers.

At the thick of it is the Liverpool Echo, who feature an interview with Roberto Martinez in which the Blues boss claims he could hand Gerard Deulofeu his full Premier League debut in the hotly-anticipated fixture.

That inspired a feature for the paper to look at previous derby debutants, with Paul Bracewell's first Everton outing highlighted in the 1984 Charity Shield win.

Ian Snodin uses his weekly Echo column to discuss the international break that falls before Liverpool visit Goodison on 23 November and tips Ross Barkley for his first England start.

Everton's Armistice Day service is mentioned in the front pages as the Club paid tribute to former players who lost their lives in wartime.

Seamus Coleman's post-match interview from the weekend makes the Daily Mirror, with the Republic of Ireland man claiming Everton must be more creative in order to maintain their European push.

The Daily Telegraph say the current season is shaping up as the best title race in history, with the Blues' start to the campaign given noteworthy mention as the top eight are analysed.

The Times discuss the merits of Manchester City sending Gareth Barry out on a season-long loan to Goodison, with reporter James Ducker noting his absence as a possible factor in the Citizens' poor away form this term.

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