Liverpool and Everton clash for the season’s first Merseyside derby, at Anfield on Sunday. While the home team come into this game after a disappointing night in Paris, the away side are in good fettle, enjoying life under new manager Marco Silva.
It’s a clash between the 2nd-placed and 6th-placed teams, separated 11 points. While that gap looks big, it is small juxtaposing to the wide crevice of the past few seasons.
Hence, credit must be given to Silva, who has revived the squad and has so far made them play some delightful football. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men are yet to lose in the league and possess an incredible record at Anfield.
Therefore, we can expect a feisty encounter between two city rivals. In terms of pre-match context, this is the best Everton squad to visit the red part of Liverpool in a while.
Here’s the combined line-up featuring players from both teams, based on current form, fitness and availability for the game on Sunday:
The Brazilian has been immense since arriving at Liverpool this summer. His saves and ball distribution are right up there with the best.
Coleman is having a decent season and his runs down the right-hand side would trouble any opposition. He is defensively sturdier too.
The youngster has probably been one of the best players for the Reds when played in central defence. Makes it to the line-up ahead of his Everton counterparts.
The man-mountain, van Dijk is the best centre-back in the league right now and gets his place ahead of any defender out there.
Another player who is expert in playing his role week in week out. Robertson is way ahead of other left-backs in the league.
The Senegalese’s energy and tenacity have been helpful to Everton in every game. Finds his place in this combined XI.
The loanee from Barcelona is starting to show his class in the midfield. He is calm on the ball and reads the danger well.
On current form, Milner is the best midfielder in the Liverpool team and he finds his place in this combined XI.
The Icelander has been phenomenal in the number 10 role, creating chances and scoring some to help the team.
The Egyptian is slowly returning to his best, which is bad news for the Premier League defences.
Ever since he was switched to playing as a number nine, the Brazilian has done exceedingly well. He is in terrific form.
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