Who makes the Merseyside best XI from Liverpool & Everton?

Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime for this season’s first Merseyside derby of the campaign but who makes the Merseyside best XI?

GK Simon Mignolet

It’s unusual for a 25-year-old goalkeeper to make a ‘best of’ list ahead of a 34-year-old stopper like Tim Howard but the Belgian’s form has been top notch so far this season even if the American does have more experience.

CD Phil Jagielka

The Toffees’ captain and England international is one of the most trustworthy centre-backs in the Premier League alongside his Dutch partner John Heitinga but the 31-year-old skipper gets my vote.

CD Daniel Agger

Former Martin Skrtel would have made the list ahead of the 28-year-old Dane but in the last couple of years the vice-captain has been one of the Reds most reliable and consistent performers at the back.

LB Leighton Baines

Everton’s star man really has emerged as one of the most technical gifted players in the country over the last few years, going from strength to strength. Leighton Baines picks himself week in week out.

RB Seamus Coleman

This will likely be the most controversial of additions but I’m sticking to my guns – whilst Glen Johnson is a fantastic part of Liverpool’s back four, I feel like he has still not achieved his potential and is still inconsistent from game to game – his injuries don’t help either. Where as, I’ve been a fan of Coleman for a few years now – he is one of the hardest working fullbacks in the league, always improving, loves a tackle, always committed, and gets involved higher up the pitch too. I like his determination.

CM Gareth Barry

The Everton summer loan signing has hit the ground running at Goodison Park this term really grabbing hold of this opportunity and it really is Manchester City’s loss. His standout performance came against Chelsea, he’ll be a big influence for Roberto Martinez this term on the pitch and in the dressing room and prove to be very astute signing.

CM Steven Gerrard

The Reds captain picks himself for club and country – a gentleman, a role model, a leader and legend. There is only one Stevie G. In his prime one of the best footballers in the world and even now he’s still got it.

RW Coutinho

I’m going to play Coutinho as an attacking midfielder more than a winger – it’s my list and I pick the team so I’m going with more of a 4-2-3-1 formation with the widemen playing inside more off the flanks. Coutinho is a fantastic signing for Rodgers and he’s only going to get better – his first-touch, control, vision, technique and vision are going to make him a real handful over the next few years.

LW Romelu Lukaku

Another bright loan signing this summer – I still can’t get my head around why on Earth Chelsea let him go. He’ll be up there with the top scorers this season just as he was there and there abouts last term with West Brom. He’s got the ability to be the next Didier Drogba and Everton will be the direct beneficiaries of his talent and ambition this term.

ST Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan picks himself – he is simply the best second-striker in on the continent right now. His finishing is jaw-dropping at times, his technical level is second to none, his tenacity and creativity inspiring and his work rate is that of best in the world. No one else can do what Luis Suarez can on a football pitch.

ST Daniel Sturridge

The SAS are shaping up to be quite a handful this season – we saw the beginnings of what Sturridge is capable of early this year but he’s really grown in confidence and his form is better than any other player in England right now. Some of his goals are just unbelievable and he is a real dangerman, especially with Suarez working off him. They are the best strike-force in the league, no doubt.

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