Everton team news: Phil Jagielka will miss the clash against Liverpool

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16th Dec, 2016 | 1:19pm

Everton expected 4-2-3-1 v Liverpool: 25-year-old returns to side

By Emma Sanders

Everton are expected to make one change to the side which recorded a thrilling 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Tuesday evening, when they take on Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.

Phil Jagielka will be forced to miss the clash through suspension after picking up a red card in the dying minutes of the mid-week victory.

Ramiro Funes-Mori is expected to replace him at centre-back, forming a partnership with Ashley Williams which has been familiar in recent games.

Aside from that switch in defence, Ronald Koeman is expected to name an unchanged side and Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley could all miss out again.

Against Arsenal, Koeman opted to use Enner Valencia and Aaron Lennon to give his side pace on the counter-attack and it’s a tactic he might use again given Liverpool’s tendency to push up high and press the box.

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The wingers will be hoping to have space in behind to run at full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner.

Ross Barkley should retain his place in the centre of an attacking three after recent good performances have increased his involvement in the side.

Romelu Lukaku will likely start up front for the Blues and James McCarthy and Idriss Gueye should retain their holding midfield roles against Liverpool. The midfield duo were impressive in the victory against Arsenal.

Maarten Stekelenburg, Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Williams are all likely to retain their positions in the back four, with Funes-Mori the only expected change.

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