What The Papers Say - 21 February

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The Liverpool Echo kicks off proceedings today praising Idrissa Gana Gueye following the midfielder's contract extension until 2022. The Echo focuses on the Senegalese international's contributions to Everton where he accumulated more tackles than any other player in the 2016/2017 season, something he has near-replicated this campaign as he sits second in the tackling statistics. 

The Echo also addresses Daniel Amokachi's comments regarding striker Oumar Niasse, as the ex-Everton forward believes the desire Niasse shows is similar to that of Premier League top scorer, Harry Kane, whilst also praising his attitude and his "warrior"-style approach.

Finally, Everton may be travelling to Vicarage Road on Saturday evening but the Blues have plenty of reason to feel at home as the Echo explains. Watford have also adopted the Z-Cars theme as the players walk out the tunnel, and have done so for almost as long as the Toffees. The Echo clarifies that a year after Everton introduced the song in 1963, Hornets' manager Bill McGarry requested that the song be played as the teams walk out - only for his side to go 29-match unbeaten run at Vicarage Road.

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