Merseyside XI from 2014-15 squads
As Liverpool and Everton prepare themselves to enter the season, on the back of a strong season last time, we check out the best players in both the teams from Merseyside. The rivalry is huge, even families are divided with their loyalties and fans are passionate and hate losing to each other. Here is the Merseyside XI based on current squads.
The Everton goalkeeper is an experienced campaigner and created a record in the world cup history with the maximum number of saves(16) in a match when his U.S.A. faced Belgium. Howard has consistently been among the best keepers of the league for quite some time.
Right Back: Seamus Coleman
The Irishman had an outstanding season last time and much is expected of him this season as well. He is a very attack minded full back and is good technically. Everton’s system of playing with advancing fullbacks helped him a lot last season and the club signing Barry on a permanent basis means he’ll have good defensive cover when he’s forward.
Centre Back: Dejan Lovren
Liverpool’s new signing was a key player for Southampton. The Croatian is a good no-nonsense center back and is a strong aerial threat. He is mobile abd versatile, something which would give Rodgers many tactical options. He’s expected to fit into the starting line-up.
Centre Back: Mamadou Sakho
Sakho is a typical big stopper. He won’t make fancy passes or attacking contributions but is a tough force while closing down opponents and stopping them in their tracks. Last season, Sakho struggled with injuries. He is much more assured at the back than Martin Skrtel who has been proved reckless many times.
Left Back: Leighton Baines
He was disappointing in the World Cup but he barely lets the Everton fans down. The Englishman is a top attacking fullback, often at the cost of his defending. His crosses are his strength and he can get good bend on the ball while delivering it. He is also a regular set piece taker for the team and the presence of McCarthy in defensive midfield helps him a lot while attacking.
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