Sigurdsson Back As Everton Make Five Changes

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin return to Everton’s attack for tonight’s FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool – as boss Sam Allardyce makes five changes from the side which faced Manchester United on Monday.

Captain Phil Jagielka comes back in to partner Mason Holgate in the middle of defence – with the injured Michael Keane and fellow centre-back Ashley Williams missing out.

James McCarthy is rewarded for an excellent cameo from the bench against United with his second start inside six days, having only featured in the Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea this term, until he featured in the meeting with Bournemouth last Saturday.

Jordan Pickford starts in goal, while Cuco Martina and Jonjoe Kenny – who sat out the United clash – are deployed in the full-back slots.

McCarthy is joined in midfield by Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney – who lashed home a penalty when the sides drew last month’s Anfield Premier League encounter 1-1.

Yannick Bolasie retains his place on the wing after another encouraging display against United, with Sigurdsson operating on the opposite flank and Calvert-Lewin through the middle.

Williams is on the bench alongside Oumar Niasse, Tom Davies, Nikola Vlasic, Ademola Lookman, Beni Baningime and goalkeeper Joel Robles. 

"We have to do our best to win the game on the night - neither of us wants a replay after the number of games we have played," said Allardyce ahead of kick off. 

"What we have to do is try to get a good result and try to win it. It is the FA Cup, a glory game, there are different pressures and the players have to produce their best performance here.

"With the run Liverpool are having, we must try to nullify their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.

"We will be trying out best – but we won’t be playing open, expansive football and letting Liverpool play through us, which they are capable of.

"We have to try to be very good in possession tonight, use the ball in the right places and areas and expose a few of Liverpool's weaknesses.

"It is a big night for everybody. There are 8,000 of our fans here and we want to send them home as happy as we possibly can."





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