What The Papers Say – 9 December

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Saturday’s newspapers are jam-packed with build-up to this weekend’s 229th Merseyside derby.

Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny tells the Daily Telegraph he would glean more satisfaction from victory at Anfield on Sunday than he did winning the Under-20 World Cup with England in the summer.

Sam Allardyce’s identification of Wayne Rooney as a key man for the Toffees against Liverpool is reported across a number of publications – while Everton boss Allardyce is quoted in the Daily Star insisting his side cannot fear the Reds’ free-scoring attack.

The Star also features Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp calling Rooney a “fantastic player”. And Klopp tells The Independent he is wary of the threat posed by any team operating under Allardyce's tutelage.

The Daily Mail references Rooney’s burning ambition to help Everton beat Liverpool, with the same paper adding that Rooney could be poised to appear as a guest on Sky Sports’  Monday Night Football show.

Ademola Lookman tells the Mail he wants to follow up his two-goal Europa League display against Apollon Limassol on Thursday by starring against Klopp's side.

Toffees' forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in the Liverpool Echo talking about his desire to replicate captain Phil Jagielka's spectacular Anfield derby goal three years ago.

And the Echo covers Allardyce's comments about Yannick Bolasie in his pre-derby press conference, where the manager explained winger Bolasie will be eased back into the Everton squad following 12 months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

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