Merseyside: the birthplace of title-winners
March 31, 2017
The Merseyside Derby usually provides plenty of entertainment for the neutral, but unlike early Premier League years, the games have become more and more competitive.
It’s been a familiar sight to see the Reds have the majority of the success. Everton’s last win against their rivals was back in 2010 – but are they a different team now? Ronald Koeman has got the Toffees in great form at the moment and the Blues look like they could be returning to European football.
Both teams seem to have quality in some areas, but average performers in others – which probably explains why neither are challenging for the title, but what if both teams combined? It would’ve been quite the squad.
GK) Joel Robles
The Spanish goalkeeper has four clean sheets in his last five games. In form. Image Source: Twitter
LB) Leighton Baines
Milner's fine, but he's just not an actual left-back like Baines. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Ashley Williams
Shrewd business by the Toffees. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Joel Matip
Equally as shrewd business by the Reds. Both Merseyside clubs have found answers at centreback this season. Image Source: Twitter
RB) Seamus Coleman
The Irish full-back narrowly edges out Clyne. Image Source: Twitter
CDM) Idrissa Gueye
The Senegalese man who is threatening Kante's unrivaled status. Image Source: Twitter
CM) Georginio Wijnaldum
It's becoming clear why Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign the Dutch midfielder. Image Source: Twitter
CM) Adam Lallana
Easily one of Liverpool's standout performers this season. Huge loss in the race for the top four. Image Source: Twitter
LW) Philippe Coutinho
The Brazilian seems back in form after a great performance against Paraguay whilst on international duty. Image Source: Twitter
RW) Sadio Mane
The man who earnt a Christmas song by scoring the winner at Goodison Park. Image Source: Twitter
ST) Romelu Lukaku
No questions here. Exactly the player who Liverpool should sign from their local rivals. Image source: Twitter
SUB GK) Simon Mignolet
Much improved this season. Image Source: ThisIsAnfield
SUB) James Milner
Always good to have versatility off the bench. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Jordan Henderson
Gueye has been the best defensive midfielder this season. Sorry, Hendo. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Nathaniel Clyne
Solid. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Roberto Firmino
A spot on the bench for Liverpool's versatile attacker. Image Source: Twitter
Ross Barkley Twitter
Everton's star midfielder has been excellent since the new year. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Dejan Lovren
We had to have a sub centre-half to make it realistic. Image Source: Twitter
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While Liverpool have got more players in the squad overall, it’s Everton who have most players in the starting XI. As you may expect, most of that is down to the defence. Jurgen Klopp’s side are by no means assured in defence – with Matip the only real solid choice at centre-back.
If there are no plans to create a title-winning Merseyside team, then it’s clear who Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee need to be targeting in the summer: Romelu Lukaku. But not just that, a team as big as Liverpool shouldn’t be outnumbered in the starting XI by their presumed, smaller rivals.
Still, Wijnaldum, Mane and Matip all arrived this season and have already established themselves as key players, which of course means one thing: if the German manager can repeat his performance in the transfer market in the summer, Liverpool will certainly be challenging for the Premier League.