Tonight sees Liverpool and Everton do battle at Anfield in the 226th Merseyside Derby.
Although matches between these two are always special, the low-key build up to this fixture suggests that both have other things on their mind – namely the respective Europa League and FA Cup semi finals.
While Liverpool will be hoping to finish to finish in the Europa League places in the event that they don’t win the competition this year, Everton will be looking to halt a run of form that has seen them lose four of their last five Premier League games and has cranked up the pressure on manager Roberto Martínez.
Both clubs have underperformed in the league, but using the EA Sports Player Performance Index it can be determined to some degree who has performing better than others in their respective positions this season, and create a Merseyside XI based on the results.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
Premier League Appearances 2015/16: 30 PPI Index Score: 295
Next in Line: Tim Howard (Everton, 230)
Right Back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
PL Apps: 30 PPI Index: 365
Next in Line: Seamus Coleman (Everton, 321)
Left Back: Alberto Moreno (Liverpool)
PL Apps: 28 PPI Index: 335
Next in Line: Brendan Galloway (Everton, 126)
Centre Back: Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton)
PL Apps: 25 PPI Index: 270
Next in Line: Mamadou Sakho (LFC, 230)
John Stones (Everton)
PL Apps: 27 PPI Index: 268
Next in Line: Martin Skrtel (LFC, 226)
Centre Mid: James Milner (Liverpool)
PL Apps: 25 PPI Index: 456
Next in Line: Emre Can (Liverpool, 371)
Centre Mid: Gareth Barry (Everton)
PL Apps: 30 PPI Index: 385
Next in Line: James McCarthy (Everton, 285)
Attacking Midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton)
PL Apps: 32 PPI Index: 597
Next in Line: Roberto Firmino (LFC, 436)
Left Wing: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
PL Apps: 21 PPI Score: 390
Next in Line: Arouna Koné (Everton, 286)
Right Wing: Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
PL Apps: 26 PPI Index: 357
Next in Line: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton, 278)
Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
PL Apps: 32 PPI Index: 676
Next in Line: Christian Benteke (LFC, 253)
Given the ten point gap that exists between the sides in the table, it is somewhat surprising that the balance between the two in this eleven is so even, though it is a testament in itself to how much Liverpool have improved under Jürgen Klopp.
It highlights how disastrous Liverpool’s form was earlier this season, though if it was just recent form that was taken into account, one would imagine that the likes of Divock Origi, Robert Firmino and Daniel Sturridge would be scoring much higher.
The reverse fixture in October ended 1-1 with Romelu Lukaku cancelling out Danny Ings’ opener in what was to be Brendan Rodgers’ game as Reds boss.
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