Everton boss Sam Allardyce: Media 'creating stir' over my future

Allardyce stated: "We tried to attack Manchester City and before we knew it we were two-nil down. The players can do it if they really believe it".

Tosun insisted they will have to go some to beat the supporters of his former club, who were so loud during a Champions League group game in September that Leipzig striker Timo Werner wore ear plugs but still asked to be substituted after 32 minutes with "hearing issues".

However, Chelsea's game in hand, plus the fact Liverpool still have to visit Stamford Bridge in the league, leaves no room for complacency.

The Toffees appear to be in a holding pattern, Sam Allardyce having done enough to steer them away from disaster but not almost enough to win over hearts and minds. He said. "Have you been looking at Twitter and Facebook?"

"People speculate that my reign at the end of the season will not be here".

"You create the stir but really for me that's only a small minority". That's what you live with, I understand it.

"I think if Everton have some good results during the year and are going to play also for the title, I think then it's a match much bigger than it is right now", he said.

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"It was all about being organised and then doing what you want to do before the game, so it's nice to see that 100%, but at the end of the day it's not about enjoying a half-time, it's about going to the next round and that will be hard enough".

Everton already boast an abundance of central midfielders in the likes of Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Wayne Rooney, James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin, so a move for Wilshere may see Allardyce axe a current Toffee. The Senegalese midfielder underwent late fitness tests to be available for last weekend's defeat but wasn't used.

Elsewhere, Ashley Williams returns from suspension, but will in all likelihood have to content himself with a place on the bench.

The match is sandwiched between the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City, in which Jurgen Klopp's side hold a 3-0 advantage after the first leg.

Klopp is nearly certain to name a changed team with one eye towards Tuesday's return leg against the Citizens but Allardyce isn't fully banking on it.

"For instance West Bromwich Albion were above us when I arrived".

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not prepared to take a risk with the Premier League's leading scorer Mohamed Salah in the Merseyside derby. If he changes his squad it will still be strong and fresh. I've played Liverpool with other teams I've been with and we've won or drawn - and I've won at the big boys before so I know how to do it, but it's a derby which makes it extra hard.

  • Tabitha Byrd