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Koeman trying to change Merseyside attitude of Everton

West Bromwich Albion v Everton - Premier League

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Everton manager Ronald Koeman gives instructions to Phil Jagielka as 4th Official Scott Duncan uses the Tag Heuer Board during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on August 20, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

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Everton had a horrible international break, and now has to deal with the repercussions at a massive point in its season: an away Merseyside Derby.

Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, and James McCarthy were all lost for varying lengths of time on duty for Ireland, Argentina, and the Republic of Ireland.

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That’s not making Ronald Koeman a happy man, especially in the case of McCarthy. Koeman is raging that Ireland did not heed Everton’s advice on the not-quite-fit McCarthy, still trotting the competitive midfielder out for country.

Still, he’s not turning away from the passion of the derby, and feels Everton needs to act like an equal partner in the affair. The perceived underdog mentality won’t do them well. From the BBC:

“I heard in the last two seasons they were too afraid to play against Liverpool. Why you need to be afraid, I don’t understand that.”

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