Adam Jones – No changes needed

The one benefit of a midweek game is that there’s no time to dwell on the last game.

The weekend was disappointing, the way Everton eventually conceded was bewildering – but there doesn’t need to be wholesale changes in the squad.

Also, with the match against Watford coming next week, it should mean that Everton can still go full-strength without being concerned about tiredness.

So, with that, I would make only one change to the line-up that began the Liverpool game at the weekend.

Ademola Lookman has been pushing hard for a starting place for weeks, and once again impressed from the bench on Sunday, so he should be given a place from the get-go ahead of Theo Walcott – who limped out of the Liverpool match anyway.

Apart from that, the rest of the side should stay the same. Complacency can’t be allowed to creep in against Newcastle, and too many switches to the line-up could bring a danger of that.

My team (4-3-3): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson; Lookman, Richarlison, Bernard

Paul Gorst – The side doesn’t need much tinkering

So, just how does Marco Silva pick his side up off the floor after THAT Merseyside derby?

Quite simply, they just do it all over again.

Sunday’s performance was one of the best displays Everton fans have witnessed across the other side of Stanley Park for the best part of two decades, so the team does not need much tinkering for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.

Jordan Pickford starts in goal and a huge reception when he takes his place in the Goodison goal will be very much welcome.

Jordan Pickford keeps out a Mohamed Salah effort with help from Seamus Coleman in the derby
Jordan Pickford keeps out a Mohamed Salah effort with help from Seamus Coleman in the derby
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Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane retain their place alongside Luca Digne.

I’d bring Tom Davies into midfield at the expense of Idrissa Gueye with Andre Gomes once more starting.

Ahead of those two, Ademola Lookman starts wide right, with Bernard on the opposite flank.

That allows Gylfi Sigurdsson to operate behind Richarlison.

My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Davies, Gueye; Sigurdsson, Lookman, Bernard; Richarlison.

Kristian Walsh – Time to freshen things up

There is no doubt the last-minute defeat to Liverpool would have expended a lot both physically and mentally.

Yet with Newcastle at home next up, there is real hope of a real reaction after Sunday’s disappointment – so wholesale changes would not be welcome.

I would, however, freshen things up a little at the top end of the pitch.

Idrissa Gueye covered every blade of grass and went down hurt in stoppage time; he deserves a breather more than any other midfielder, and Tom Davies should be capable of stepping up against the Toon.

Richarlison worked hard up front but he can also get joy out wide, so I’m having him and Ademola Lookman flanking Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Theo Walcott limped out of Anfield and probably needs resting anyway, giving Lookman an opportunity from the start.

Though Bernard enjoyed a decent game against Liverpool, this seems the sort of game to give one of the fringe players up front an opportunity.

In this case, Calvert-Lewin. In theory, it’s an interchanging front three which could really harm Newcastle’s back line.

My team (4-3-3): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman

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