What a season it has been for Liverpool so far.
The Reds are currently top of the Premier League table with a huge 25-point lead – they need just two wins to secure their first league title in 30 years. They are already European champions to boot.
Their success will no doubt be a nightmare for many Everton fans in the city – they are currently 11th in the table. However, it hasn’t always been this way for the Toffees – they have regularly finished in the European spots in the past and have been involved in every single Premier League season so far.
How would their best-ever Premier League XI fare against Jurgen Klopp’s class of 2019/20?
Let’s take a look…
Romelu Lukaku against Virgil van Dijk, before the former overloaded himself with muscle, would have been an enticing prospect. That was when he was probably at his most explosive – he managed 1.7 dribbles per game that term – and facing arguably the best centre-back in the world right now would have been a true test of his ability. That would also leave 6ft 4in Duncan Ferguson to face up against Joe Gomez – a duel the former would relish.
The right Liverpool flank would be interesting, too. Of course, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are a real handful going forward, but Leighton Baines has also been difficult to deal with in the past – he has regularly managed five or more assists per season at Goodison Park. The battle in midfield would be something special as well – Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini, both managing over one tackle per game on a regular basis, would be the perfect foil for the more technically gifted Mikel Arteta and Wayne Rooney.
Would Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum have enough to keep them all quiet?
The whole of this Liverpool side could be called stars at the moment, but there are a few who stand out above the rest. Alisson, for example, is arguably the best in his position on the planet, as is van Dijk. Alexander-Arnold, with his 14 assists in all competitions this term, is the creative hub from right-back, whilst Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are the team’s top two scorers with 20 and 18 respectively.
Obviously, with this being an all-time XI, the Everton side is full of their own stars. Rooney is the stand-out name – after moving from the Toffees, he became Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer, and also holds the equivalent England record as well.
Lukaku now appears for Internazionale, after also playing for the Red Devils, whilst Cahill scored at three consecutive World Cups for Australia.
There are some quality players in that Everton side, no doubt – definitely enough to see them give Klopp’s team a good game – but it is hard to see them getting one over on them.
This Liverpool side is one of the very best in Premier League history, at least over the course of one season – they are just 18 points off Manchester City’s record haul of 100 points with nine games to go. In all fairness, any Premier League XI would be hard pushed to get a result against them, not just the Toffees.