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Liverpool V Everton: A Merseyside Derby XI Based On Stats

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Aaron Lennon of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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.

 

Goalkeeper:

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Simon Mignolet of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpoool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Premier League Appearances 2015/16: 30  PPI Index Score: 295

Next in Line: Tim Howard (Everton, 230)

Defenders:

Right Back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool turns away after scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 30  PPI Index: 365

Next in Line: Seamus Coleman (Everton, 321)

Left Back: Alberto Moreno (Liverpool)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on April 10, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

PL Apps: 28  PPI Index: 335

Next in Line: Brendan Galloway (Everton, 126)

Centre Back: Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Ramiro Funes Mori of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on March 1, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 25  PPI Index: 270

Next in Line: Mamadou Sakho (LFC, 230)

Centre Back:

John Stones (Everton)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: John Stones of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on August 8, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 27  PPI Index: 268

Next in Line: Martin Skrtel (LFC, 226)

Midfielders:

Centre Mid: James Milner (Liverpool)

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: James Milner of Liverpool FC reacts during the international friendly match between Brisbane Roar and Liverpool FC at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 25  PPI Index: 456

Next in Line: Emre Can (Liverpool, 371)

Centre Mid: Gareth Barry (Everton)

xxxx during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on January 24, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

PL Apps: 30  PPI Index: 385

Next in Line: James McCarthy (Everton, 285)

Attacking Midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on November 21, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

PL Apps: 32  PPI Index: 597

Next in Line: Roberto Firmino (LFC, 436)

Forwards:

Left Wing: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on November 8, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

PL Apps: 21  PPI Score: 390

Next in Line: Arouna Koné (Everton, 286)

Right Wing: Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Adam Lallana of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on December 2, 2014 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 26  PPI Index: 357

Next in Line: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton, 278)

Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on December 12, 2015 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.