Ancelotti stalls Everton’s transfer plans ahead of FA Cup Merseyside derby

Carlo Ancelotti will put his Everton transfer plans on hold until after Sunday’s FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool. The Toffees have been linked with high-profile players since the Italian’s arrival at Goodison Park with James Rodriguez amongst the names being mentioned.

Regardless, the Italian in no hurry to enter the market this January and has prioritized the FA Cup derby against Liverpool on Sunday, where he expects perfection from his team.

“I didn’t think about (transfers) until now,” Ancelotti said.

“Honestly before I want to check all of the players that we have here.

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“We don’t have a lot of time because we have a lot of games but I have an idea now and every day I will get to know my players better.

“If there is any possibility the club is happy to try to improve the squad if it is possible.”

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Ancelotti is one of the few managers that have beaten Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool recently. He beat Liverpool with Napoli last season and this season in the UEFA Champions League. When asked about the secret to beating the current European champions, he replied:

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“You score more goals.

“It is a fantastic challenge for us and I want to be focused on them and not lose time talking about the transfer market because in this moment I want to put all of my energy into explaining to the players what type of game I want them to play.

“Of course, Liverpool are the favourites but in a derby you never know.

“We need to have confidence to play at our best, to play our football and move on in the competition. Everyone knows how important this competition is and last time I played this competition I won it, so that could be good luck for us.”

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“Everything has to be perfect. Work rate, intensity, sacrifice, if you want to beat them the game has to be complete.”

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