It’s an age-old debate between Everton and Liverpool fans which usually weighs in favour of the Reds but now Toffees legend Leon Osman is getting involved.
Merseyside XIs are always particularly emotive subjects particularly since Liverpool’s resurgence under Jurgen Klopp coincided with Everton’s struggles to threaten the top six.
The two rivals meet in just over a month at Anfield with Everton slowly but surely looking coming together under Marco Silva and Liverpool only behind Manchester City by virtue of goal difference at the top of the Premier League.
Merseyside derbies are always intriguing no matter the gulf between the two teams.
And now Everton legend Leon Osman has started stoking the fire early in an interview with beIN Sports where he claims at least three current Toffees would make the Liverpool team, and that’s just for starters.
“Liverpool obviously have a terrific team at the moment, pushing at the top of the league,” Osman told beIN Sports.
“Jurgen Klopp plays a particular style of football that may count against one or two of the Everton players (in terms of making it into the Liverpool side).
“But you look at Seamus Coleman for starters for me, fantastic right back, Jordan Pickford, Gylfi Sigurdsson wouldn’t be far away from many times so you know that’s just off the top of my head three players that could certainly perform (for Liverpool) and I don’t think they’d be the only ones.”
Liverpool fans are likely to scoff at Osman’s comments but let’s break it down.
Seamus Coleman is undoubtedly one of the best right backs in the Premier League but with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez performing brilliantly in that role he is hardly a shoo-in.
Coleman is probably the best of Osman’s shouts, though. Again Sigurdsson and Pickford are superb talents. But would Pickford really keep Alisson out of the team and it is difficult to argue the case for the Icelandic midfield star despite his propensity to score goals.
One Everton player that could potentially emerge with time who would make the cut is centre back Yerry Mina, if his performances at the World Cup are anything to go by.
A man mountain who has a handy knack for scoring goals, Mina could be a game changer for Everton and could also forge a monstrous fantasy partnership with Virgil van Dijk in any Merseyside XI.