Everton’s midfielder Allan explains why he turned down other clubs’ interest in “Professor” Carlo Ancelotti.

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He’s asked if he’s ever kicked Everton’s teammate James Rodriguez in a game, and the answer that followed will hardly surprise blues fans.

Allan can’t help but have a wry smile on his face.

Everton’s midfielder Allan is ready for the derby match between Merseyside and Liverpool after an impressive start to his career with the Toffees.

Outside of the field, however, the behavior is different. The midfielder often has a smile on his face, is much more relaxed in conversation and, although he speaks through a translator on zoom, seems polite and attentive to questions.

This is the competitive advantage that has shaped the 29-year-old throughout his career. Someone who is extremely competitive, determined to win whenever he has the ball at his feet.

The Brazilian admitted: “Yes, once or twice, and once or twice in practice too!

While this will be Allan’s first appearance in this particular game, Jürgen Klopp’s team is a well-known opponent from the Brazilian’s time with Napoli.

All this will of course fly out of the window this weekend.

Liverpool will visit Goodison Park for the 237th Merseyside Derby, in which Everton is aiming for their first win against their nearest rival in ten years.

Carlo Ancelotti described the midfielder as the best player on the pitch when the Serie A team drew 1-1 against Anfield last November, and he expects the manager to use a similar tactic this time around.

“Professor Ancelotti and his coaching staff are highly intelligent and they prepare for every detail in order to confront their opponents. That’s what kept us ahead of Liverpool most of the time,” noted Allan.

“We’re playing at home and hopefully we’ll have a great game and a win that will be very important for us.

“Every match against Liverpool is difficult, but thank God we won most of the matches against Liverpool and hopefully Saturday will be no different.

“Yes, of course we are aware [of Everton’s derby drought]and it’s not a good record, it’s not a good thing and we’ve heard about it.

“We know about our quality, we’re in great shape, we’ve played some great games, and God willing, we’re going to be able to keep that shape the way we’ve played before and get the three points to the delight of Everton fans.

“But we’re starting a new season, it’s a new group of players, and we have to make sure we have a great game on Saturday and break this ten-year taboo.

The nickname “Professor Ancelotti” is a nickname that came to the surface over the summer to the delight of Everton fans.

“We know it’s a derby game against our rival, and we want to get the three points. We know we can do our best and help the team to get those three points”.

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