TEAM NEWS Michael Keane is unlikely to feature for Everton in Friday’s FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
The England international required stitches in his foot following the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
“Michael had to have five or six stitches on the crown of his foot,” said Allardyce. “I think it will be too dangerous to risk him.”
Idrissa Gana Gueye remains doubtful after missing the visit of the Red Devils with a hamstring injury, and Leighton Baines [calf], Ross Barkley [hamstring], Seamus Coleman [broken leg] and Ramiro Funes Mori [knee] are all expected to miss out.
Liverpool have fitness concerns over Mo Salah and Phillipe Coutinho, while Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson Alberto Moreno, Marko Grujic, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Bogdan are expected to be unavailable.
Sam Allardyce will be hoping the adage of ‘the form book goes out of the window for a derby’ rings true after suffering back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester United in the Premier League.
The Blues boss, who took over in late November, began his reign at Goodison Park with a seven-game unbeaten run but suffered his first losses either side of new year.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their past 16 games, a run that stretches back to the end of October.
Ragnar Klavan became the first Estonian in Premier League history to score in their last outing, netting a last-gasp header to earn a 2-1 away victory over Burnley.
Wayne Rooney’s second-half penalty earned Everton a point in the 229th Merseyside derby at Anfield last month.
The forward notched his first goal against Liverpool for the Toffees in the 75th minute after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had been pushed inside the area by Dejan Lovren.
Rooney’s spot-kick cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener, scored three minutes before the break.
On an ice-cold afternoon, Liverpool occupied more of the possession but encountered a well-organised, disciplined defensive performance from the Toffees.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: BOBBY MADLEY
Wakefield-born official Madley has refereed 17 games in total this campaign, with 11 of those coming in the Premier League.
The 32-year-old has handed out 65 yellow cards and five red cards in that time, his last dismissal coming last month in a Championship fixture between Brentford and Fulham.
The last time Madley took charge of an Everton match was when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea played out a goalless draw with the Blues at Goodison Park in December.
As always, there will be free live audio commentary of Friday’s contest with evertontv presenter Darren Griffiths and a Club Ambassador on evertonfc.com.
Agreed. Every game is different but you would expect them to have more than enough for us this time. Allardayce’s biggest asset so far has been his good fortune which will inevitably turn. Exit the Cup, win four more games against lowly opposition at home, obtain safety, grinding football - and then we are stuck with him for another 15 months at least.
I don't mind Sam as long as he remembers which club this is.