Everton host Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season and it’s a match which the hosts will arguably start as the favourites owing to their good form early on.
Roberto Martinez’s men have been impressive all over the park, with recent wins over Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion proving they have plenty of mettle along with their evident quality.
The former Manchester City man has been a standout performer for the Reds in his more comfortable central midfield role, and so far he has performed among the very best in the Premier League.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, so consistent have Milner’s performances been that he has actually outperformed McCarthy in as many as six key midfield areas.
The England international has averaged more shots, key passes, touches, accurate passes, defensive duel winners and ball recoveries per Premier League encounter than his upcoming Everton rival.
In the absence of the energetic Jordan Henderson, Milner has had to assert further control for his side and his leadership skills will be severely tested this weekend in front of a buoyant Goodison Park.
In a key battle which could determine the result of the match, both midfielders will be tasked with a vitally important role this weekend, and McCarthy in particular will be hoping to even up the scores a touch.