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Gomes faces biggest Everton test yet up against Liverpool’s heavy midfield pressing

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Gomes faces biggest Everton test yet up against Liverpool’s heavy midfield pressing

Everton fans have been impressed by the Portuguese playmaker’s artistry so far and producing another classy performance at Anfield on Sunday would further enhance his status on the blue half of Merseyside.

Part of the reason Marco Silva was brought in as Everton manager was surely because of the attractive football his sides play but he needed a different profile of player at Goodison Park in order to make that vision a reality.

Sam Allardyce would neither have wanted or been able to attract three players from Barcelona but that’s exactly what his successor managed to do, in the shape of Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes.

Defensive duo Mina and Digne have added athleticism and quality to the Toffees’ backline, but it is the presence of Gomes at the heart of their midfield which offers something they have not had since Mikel Arteta left the club.

 

Gomes is a superior player to Arteta and has the ability to beat a man with the ball, a sublime range of passing and a seemingly unflappable calm; all of which has made him an instant hit on the blue half of Merseyside.

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But Gomes is about to face his biggest test yet in a blue shirt in Sunday’s Merseyside derby. He is probably a better playmaker than any of Klopp’s midfield options, but the German has assembled an array of high-tempo options.

On frantic occasions like the derby always is, that energy often wins out over superior artistry and Gomes must be on top of his game to keep Everton ticking over in a game of such magnitude.

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