Everton vs. Liverpool… Our Merseyside Derby combined XI
Believe it or not, the last game before Christmas 2016 is Liverpool making the short trip across Stanley Park to take on their bitter rivals, Everton. What a treat that is for football fans up and down the country in this season of giving.
Moving away from the festive theme, this match is one that both sides will be desperate to win for reasons other than local bragging rights. They may be in very different battles in the Premier League table, but Ronald Koeman and Jurgen Klopp will surely have their sides geared up to take the top prize away from Goodison Park.
The travelling side have the chance to keep pace with Chelsea at the summit of the division after a few recent poor performances from the Reds saw them fall from the top and behind their London counterparts, while Everton will be keen to put back-to-back wins together after overcoming Arsenal last week to move themselves back into the conversation surrounding Europa League qualification.
Both teams are fairly evenly matched nowadays in terms of quality in their first-team squads, so we thought it’s about time we merged the two halves of the Merseyside divide to make one exceptional XI… and here are the results!