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A Combined Liverpool/Everton XI Ahead Of The Merseyside Derby

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Romelu Lukaku of Everton and Emre Can of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

This weekend sees one of the biggest games in English football with the meeting of Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, the perfect game to get back into the Premier League after the international break.

We take a look at how a combined Merseyside team would look as we wait in anticipation for Saturday’s kick off.

Goalkeeper:

With little to pick between Simon Mignolet or Joel Robles, and the back up options not much better, it is clear both sides need to sign a quality keeper this summer if they have ambitions to push for the major honours next season. Mignolet gets the nod.

during the international friendly match between Brisbane Roar and Liverpool FC at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.

Defenders:

Seamus Coleman would be the easiest choice to select in a combined XI, but his injury means Nathaniel Clyne starts. Leighton Baines is not the player he once was, with the solid James Milner in and is always good for a penalty.

Liverpool have been struggling at centre back for a while now. However Joel Matip has looked solid this season and was missed when injured. He should slot in alongside Welsh defender Ashley Williams who is ever reliable.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Ashley Williams of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Hull City at Goodison Park on March 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Midfielders:

As with Liverpool’s defence the midfield leaves a lot to be desired but captain Jordan Henderson does influence his side and is missed when not involved. ¬†Idrissa Gueye of Everton has been one of the best signings under Ronald Koeman and the Senegal midfielder has made more tackles in the league this year than player of the year candidate and back to back champion elect, N’Golo Kante.

It would be a close call between Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana, but the ex-Southampton man is injured so Barkley gets the nod in the number ten role.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Attackers:

Sadio Mane has been one of the signing’s of the season and his inclusion on the right wing is not even open to debate. Philippe Coutinho has struggled for form since his return from a lengthy lay-off and Roberto Firmino gets the nod ahead of his fellow Brazilian for his tireless work rate.

In the striker department, there is only one man starting up front and that is Romelu Lukaku, the leading scorer in the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on February 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

While every combined XI will be open to debate, that team would give anyone a game in the Premier League.

Team in full:

Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Williams, Milner, Henderson, Gueye, Barkley, Mane, Firmino, Lukaku.

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