What The Papers Say - 11 December

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Reaction to Sunday’s 229th Merseyside derby dominates Monday’s newspapers. 

Wayne Rooney earned Everton a 1-1 draw with a 77th-minute penalty, cancelling out Mohamed Salah’s first-half opener, and the forward explains to the Daily Mail exactly what was going through his mind as he stepped up to take it.

“I was just trying to compose myself,” said the 32-year-old. “All I kept thinking was, ‘you can’t miss this penalty… you just can’t!’; it was such a big moment in the game. I was delighted with it.” 

Manager Sam Allardyce commends referee Craig Pawson’s decision to award a penalty after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was sent tumbling in the box by Dejan Lovren, telling the Liverpool Echo the call was “brave”. 

The Daily Mirror assesses some of the key talking points from the fixture, while the Echo dish out their match ratings, awarding three Blues a top-scoring seven. 

Finally, the Echo reports that former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy singled out Idrissa Gana Gueye’s performance for special praise during Sunday’s Match of the Day 2.

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