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Ronald Koeman faces challenge in trying to juggle Everton's rotations

Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to get deals done to add new players, including Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

At a time when the majority of teams barely are through their first game of the new season, manager Ronald Koeman is preparing his Everton side for their fourth competitive outing in 2017-18.

Thursday night brings Hajduk Split to Goodison Park in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round. This is the second of five competitive matches in a 16-day spell that started with last weekend's victory against Stoke.

With the first leg of the previous Europa League qualifying round taking place in...

Wayne Rooney the Everton hero again with dream goal on second debut

Everton's Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after seeing his new striker score on his second debut.
Everton's Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after seeing his new striker score on his second debut.

A 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday gave the newest chapter of the Wayne Rooney and Everton story a well-scripted start. His match-winning header helped the home side to their first opening day success in five seasons.

With a neat one-two in the build-up, some sharp movement and a well-timed leap, the Rooney homecoming suddenly burst to life as half-time approached. The first goal in royal blue in 4,869 days had been worth the wait.

After a wretched first half stemming from some perplexing tactical...

Rooney's dream homecoming kick-starts Everton's 'revolution' in style

Wayne Rooney provided the lone goal of the game in his Everton return to lead the Toffees to victory over Stoke City.
Everton's Ronald Koeman feels Wayne Rooney's experience was a major factor in sealing the Toffees' opening day victory.
English Premier League: Wayne Rooney (45'+1) Everton 1-0 Stoke City

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Everton's 1-0 season-opening win over Stoke City in the Premier League:

1. Rooney makes perfect homecoming

All summer long Everton fans have, privately or publicly, harboured their little doubts about Wayne Rooney. Some have never wavered, but for most there has been pointed talk of his "influence in the dressing room" and his "experience at the highest level," those intangible qualities that would surely compensate for his fading powers. But on...

Everton with personnel questions despite rousing start to the summer

Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to get deals done to add new players, including Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

If the early stages of the transfer window sent supporter optimism off the scale, the subsequent lull and two sleep-inducing Europa League performances offer a heavy dose of perspective as Everton prepare to face Stoke in their opening game on Saturday.

Preseason promise does exist by way of the youthful summer signings acquired in the first few days of the window. Each of the new recruits has shown enough in their brief time in royal blue to suggest they can be important players as the season develops.

Yet...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2017-18 Premier League season - ESPN FC writer predictions

The FC crew react to Iain Macintosh's full predicted table, from first to 20th, for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Premier League is back! Which club do our writers think will win the title in 2017-18? Who will finish in the coveted Champions League spots? Which the three clubs will go down? And who will finish as top scorer and player of the year?

Mark Ogden

Top four: 1. Man City 2. Arsenal 3. Man United 4. Liverpool
Relegated: Huddersfield, Southampton, Brighton
Top scorer: Gabriel Jesus
Player of the Year: Paul Pogba

Iain Macintosh

Top four: 1. Man City 2. Man United 3. Tottenham...



Liverpool, Everton sparking revival by bridging gap between old and new

Professor Thomas Curran and a host of Liverpool sporting personalities reveal what's behind the city's passion for sport.
Liverpool FC CEO Peter Moore explains how the club and sport as a whole runs through the very heart of the city itself.
Brian Barwick, chairman of Liverpool's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, explains how the Merseyside derby showcases the best of the city.
Thomas Curran of the University of Bath reveals the process of discovering which UK city stands above the rest.

Every year, ESPN gathers rigorous, in-depth research to rank the best sporting cities and towns across the UK. You can view the full list of nominations and cast your vote here.

LIVERPOOL -- As a city, Liverpool is home to two of the most successful football clubs in the country. It may have been some time since Everton and Liverpool reigned supreme in England, but their history is long lasting. Some three decades on, both sides are now looking to create new legacies.

For Liverpool, it is a case...