Ronald Koeman names the Liverpool player he’d like to sign for Everton

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted to the Liverpool Echo that he would like to sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, when talking about Wayne Rooney’s future.

With Everton set to face Manchester United later this evening, Koeman understandably had to field questions over Rooney.

The England international striker has been linked with a return to Goodison Park for much of the season so far.

But Koeman insists that he has no meeting with United boss Jose Mourinho planned after the contest.

“Why [would he have a meeting]? We are interested in all the good players and that means every game…I like Coutinho of Liverpool, but I did not speak to club. I like David Silva but did not speak to Guardiola,” he said.

“We will see what happens, I don’t know.”

Everton saw exactly what Coutinho could do last weekend, with the Brazilian at his brilliant best in the Merseyside derby.

Rooney is unlikely to play as prominent a role for United tonight, with the 31-year-old expected to start on the substitutes’ bench.

Everton head to Old Trafford in good form – having lost just twice in 2017 so far.

The Toffees could move ahead of United if they are able to pick up three points against Jose Mourinho’s side later this evening.