The Premier League Super Sunday brings one of the fiercest local derbies in world football as Everton host their neighbours Liverpool in the first Merseyside Derby of the season.
A lot of passion and emotion is attached with the game from the fans as every house in Liverpool will either be blue or red for the day and even the best friends will become enemies for those ninety minutes.
The two sides just hate to lose to each other in the longest running top flight derby of English football which also includes the most number of red cards to its name.
While it is traditionally called as “friendly derby” but being friendly has been the last thing between players in the game in past and Sunday should not be an exception.
The two sides are separated by only one point in the table. Everton have a good momentum at the moment and will be favourites to see underperforming Liverpool side. Everton have 12 points from seven games compared to Liverpool’s eleven and are sitting four points above their bitter rivals at the fifth position in the table.
Ahead of the game let us make a combined XI of Everton and Liverpool. The selections are based on current form and overall ability of the players.
Goalkeeper- Tim Howard
The American international will be preferred under the bar ahead of his Liverpool counterpart Simon Mignolet, who has never really impressed in a Liverpool shirt.
Right-back – Nathaniel Clyne
The former Southampton full-back is yet to convince fully at Liverpool, but he is still one of the best in the League and will be preferred to Coleman.
Central defenders – John Stones and Mamadou Sakho
Stones has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league at such a young age and will be partnered by French central defender Sakho who, whenever selected by Rodgers, was massive for Liverpool.
Left-back – Alberto Moreno
In the absence of Leighton Baines, Moreno is an obvious choice ahead of young Galloway from Everton.
Central midfielders – James McCarthy and James Milner
The two James will play at the heart of midfield. Both are in good form this season and with the absence of Henderson, makes it to the combined XI.
Attacking midfielders – Ross Barkley and Philippe Coutinho
The two young men have made names for themselves in the League and will play together as attacking midfielders.
Strikers – Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku
With his brilliant form this season, Lukaku walks into the combined XI. Sturridge scored a brace last week after a week of coming back from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and showed what Liverpool missed with his injury. The two former Chelsea attackers will play as two strikers of the combined XI.