What The Papers Say - 24 December

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There are reports and reaction to Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea in the Christmas Eve newspapers.

Manager Sam Allardyce explains how he has gone about transforming the Blues’ defensive record with "a bit of practice and a bit of analysis”.

Meanwhile, the boss rues the injury picked up by Idrissa Gana Gueye against the reigning Premier League champions - but says his absence will provide someone else with an opportunity to “step up to the mark”.

Allardyce has also believes goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has a single-minded self-assurance which can take him all the way to next summer’s World Cup with England.

Pickford again shone between the sticks against Antonio Conte’s side, recording his fourth clean sheet in his past six outings.

The goalkeeper and Michael Keane both top scored in the Liverpool Echo’s ratings for the match, with 8/10 given to each.

Allardyce says Ross Barkley will return to Everton’s line-up “without hesitation” when he regains full fitness after a serious hamstring injury.

Elsehwere, the Daily Mail reports Everton’s Henry Onyekuru, who is currently on loan at Belgian giants Anderlecht, could be out for the rest of the season after sustaining a medial ligament injury.

In the Daily Mirror, the Toffees - alongside Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - have been linked with Sheffield United youngster David Brooks, who has been valued at £20million.

And finally, local and national newspapers pay tribute to Gogglebox star and lifelong Evertonian, Leon Bernicoff, following his passing at the age of 83.

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