By Harry Sykes

Don Hutchison is convinced that Ronald Koeman’s summer spending spree has left the Toffees on the verge of overtaking bitter rivals Liverpool.

Talking at the recent Star Sixes tournament, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Hutchison claimed that Everton had completed some astute business already.

However, he maintained that Liverpool could still spring some summer surprises of their own.

“Right here, right now you’re looking at Everton maybe being very close to overhauling Liverpool next season.

“I think Wayne Rooney is a great signing. I think he’ll get his mojo back. I don’t think he was in a good headspace last year.

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Everton – almost inevitably – lost star striker Romelu Lukaku this summer when the Belgian international moved to Manchester United.

However, Koeman has moved quickly to strengthen the squad and has made six senior signings already, with Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney linking up at Goodison park

By contrast, Liverpool have only signed Dominic Solanke from Chelsea and Mohamed Salah from Roma.

However, the Reds continue to be linked with Naby Keita and Virgin van Dijk, despite having to release a public statement apologising over the latter after Southampton claimed their player had been tapped up.

Last season Liverpool finished fourth and Everton finished seventh in the Premier League, but Don Hutchison thinks it could be a lot tighter next season.

Hutchison should be a fairly neutral judge after playing for both teams in a career that spanned 19 years.

In other Everton news, the Toffees have been installed as strong favourites to sign this prolific international striker.

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