Find out which of the two rivals’ stars on show in Brazil make the Merseyside starting XI.
GK – Tim Howard (USA)
While Simon Mignolet had a decent debut season with Liverpool, the USA goalkeeper has more experience, and I think overall his Belgium counterpart still has to settle in and build confidence at Anfield.
RB – Glen Johnson (ENG)
The England full-back makes it in the team by default rather than by earning his place, as he hasn’t had the best of seasons this term with the Reds. Like England, perhaps he makes the team due to lack of a quality alternative.
CB – Mamadou Sakho (FRA)
France’s young centre-back has been impressive in his debut season in the Premier League. His years of top-level experience for Paris Saint-Germain make him one of France’s most highly regarded young prospects, and for me, he gets the nod ahead of his colleague at Anfield, Kolo Toure, who has made a number of glaring errors this term.
CB – Phil Jagielka (ENG)
The England defender has been a loyal and dependable servant for the Toffees over the years and undoubtedly deserves his call-up from manager Roy Hodgson. With Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger both missing out with Denmark and Slovakia respectively, there really is no contest for the Everton man.
LB – Leighton Baines (ENG)
This is a no-brainer as the England international is one of the most consistent and diligent left-backs in the world and finally gets his place in the Three Lions team after years of patience waiting behind Ashley Cole. Now he just needs to watch out for Luke Shaw.
CM – Steven Gerrard (ENG)
No Merseyside XI in history would be complete without the Reds and England skipper Steven Gerrard who, apart from one unsightly slip aside, was yet again one of Liverpool’s standout performers, marshalling and pushing the team on from midfield.
CM – Jordan Henderson (ENG)
The England youngster had initially disappointed at Anfield and probably didn’t rate his own chances of making the flight to Brazil 12 months ago, but Henderson has developed to become a fine midfielder under Brendan Rodgers and is really proving his worth to the Reds.
AM – Ross Barkley (ENG)
This England starlet has been nothing short of sensational this term under Roberto Martinez and deserves his call-up for the Three Lions. He is surely where the future of England will be and with Philippe Coutinho not involved with Brazil this summer, there really is no contest for the playmaker.
LW – Raheem Sterling (ENG)
Another England youngster is the Reds’ protégé, who continued his development to become of the Premier League’s most dangerous wide men this term and certainly has the world at his feet after the season he has had.
RW – Luis Suarez (URU)
I’ll be playing the Premier League top scorer and Golden Boot winner (and PFA Player of the Year) slightly wide because it doesn’t matter where you play the Uruguay striker, he is going to cause some damage to defences. He is simply unstoppable.
ST – Daniel Sturridge (ENG)
Another man who was unstoppable this term was England striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been a complete revelation since joining Liverpool under Rodgers. When you consider the talent he has, coupled with the creativity of Suarez, it’s no wonder that the Merseyside outfit were sweeping the board with teams this term.