The Everton and Liverpool Merseyside derby combined XI

Merseyside Derby

The two sides meet in the latest Merseyside derby tonight.

The Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool tonight is certainly set to be an interesting one.

Both clubs go into the game in vastly different circumstances, with the Reds flying high following their Europa League exploits and Everton struggling in the league.

Indeed, many have made Jurgen Klopp’s side clear favourites for the game, with the Blues expected to more focused on the FA Cup semi-final this weekend.

Nonetheless, as with every game, a combined XI always makes for interesting reading, especially when you make it a stats based line-up.

Oulala have done just that and it provides a number of surprises, with Everton dominating the team.

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They boast seven players in the team, which is unexpected given how the two sides have fared this season.

Starting in goal, Joel Robles is in ahead of Simon Mignolet as the Spaniard came out on top in four of the six areas covered.

The central defence is also Everton’s, as John Stones and Ramiro Funes Mori beat Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, although Nathaniel Clyne and Jon Flanagan are the full-backs.

A similar trend follows in midfield as Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Ross Barkley make up the spine of the team.

Out wide though it is Liverpool who dominate, with Philippe Coutinho beating Aaron Lennon and Adam Lallana getting in ahead of Gerard Deulofeu.

Up front Romelu Lukaku beats off competition from Daniel Sturridge, which is not surprising given the latter has played substantially less football this season.

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