What The Papers Say - March 20

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On-loan midfielder Andre Gomes features in Wednesday’s Liverpool Echo, explaining how he has “recovered the feeling of just enjoying playing football” since his move to Everton. 

The Portugal international, 25, also discusses the pressures of playing in the Premier League and says his temporary switch from Barcelona to the Toffees has been an important one for him. 

"I really like to be here. Since day one, my team-mates, all the staff and the fans were with me," Gomes said. "Here I think I have recovered the feeling of just enjoying playing football.

"Obviously with the pressure of playing for Everton and in the Premier League, it is also different. For me it was about being calm and enjoying it day-by-day. All the training sessions and all the games, it has been a big difference for me compared to the last season.”

Boss Marco Silva tells the same paper Ademola Lookman is a player with “big, big potential” but that he is encouraging the England Under-21 star to find greater consistency as he bids to cement a regular starting role at Goodison Park. 

The Echo also assess the form of eight-goal striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and explain what happened when the Sheffield United youth product rewarded a young Evertonian with a 2019/20 Season Ticket.  

Six-year-old Max, who had his leg amputated as a baby, was surprised by Calvert-Lewin at the Blues’ Royal Liver Building headquarters last week as part of the Club’s Side-by-Side campaign, with the forward and youngster joining forces to design a new sleeve for Max's prosthetic leg.

Finally, former England striker Kevin Phillips has told Sky Sports News he wouldn’t be surprised if the "outstanding" Jordan Pickford went on to achieve a record number of caps for the Three Lions. 

The Everton goalkeeper, 25, will be hoping to make his 16th appearance for his country when they take on Czech Republic in a Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.



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