By Harvey Byrne
Everton defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye has told reporters that he will warn his team-mates about the “unpredictable” Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane ahead of Monday evening’s clash.
The Toffees are set to welcome their Merseyside rivals to Goodison Park with Gueye setting up for his first derby between the two sides.
Liverpool ace Mane is also preparing for his first involvement in the fixture and with the duo sharing the same nationality with Senegal, Gueye knows all about the former Southampton star.
“It helps if you know a lot about your opponent but Sadio is such an unpredictable player,” told Gueye to the Guardian. “It’s hard to read what he will do next; he might dribble there or go on this side of you or whatever.
“I will talk to my team-mates about him, of course, but he’s so unpredictable and so fast. His acceleration, he just touches the pedal and he goes from first gear to fifth. He’s one of the main threats, the main dangers at Liverpool. The ease at which he gets forward, his movement, he creates danger, space and chances for other people – but you could say that about a lot of Liverpool’s team, they’re a big threat. But if we concentrate on ourselves, on what we do best, we will have opportunities in this game.”
Both players have been huge successes at their respective sides after moving to Merseyside from Aston Villa and Southampton in the summer.
Gueye, 27, has played 17 times for the Toffees this season and has helped solidify an Everton defence which struggled in the last campaign.
Meanwhile, Mane, 24, has proven a very good acquisition to the Liverpool forward line with seven goals and seven assists in his first 17 fixtures for the Merseyside giants.
The two sides are currently separated by 11 points and six places with Liverpool in third and Everton in ninth.
However, form falls out of the window for the highly anticipated fixture, which will be showcased on Sky Sports 1 for the 8.00pm kick off.
In other Liverpool news, Roberto Firmino has this message for Everton fans ahead of Monday’s clash.