Niasse Starts For Blues

Oumar Niasse will spearhead Everton’s attack in today’s Merseyside derby, as Sam Allardyce makes one change from last week’s victory over Huddersfield Town.

Striker Niasse, who scored twice on his last Toffees start at Crystal Palace in November, replaces winger Aaron Lennon, who drops to the bench.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to operate wide on the right, while Gylfi Sigurdsson will patrol the left flank.

Jordan Pickford continues in goal for the Toffees, with Jonjoe Kenny poised to become Everton’s eighth right-back in seven Anfield derby matches.

The rest of the Blues back-four comprises Cuco Martina on the left, and the pairing of Ashley Williams and Mason Holgate in the middle.

Idrissa Gana Gueye will anchor Everton’s engine room, with Tom Davies and Wayne Rooney – who manager Allardyce has identified as a key figure for his team today – playing in more advanced midfield roles.

Lennon is joined among the Blues substitutes by Michael Keane, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ademola Lookman, Nikola Vlasic, Phil Jagielka and goalkeeper Joel Robles.

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