This weekend sees the arrival of the first Merseyside derby of the campaign, with both sides still looking to get themselves out of second gear.
Below, we put together a combined XI of both team’s current stars, giving an insight into which side has the better overall squad.
GK: Tim Howard – Everton
The American may not be as influential as he once was, but he’s still a safer option than the erratic Simon Mignolet.
RB: Seamus Coleman – Everton
A hamstring injury may keep him out of this particular fixture, but the Irish international is more settled than Nathaniel Clyne at the moment.
CB: John Stones – Everton
One of the best young defenders in the Premier League, and his handling of a failed summer move to Chelsea is a credit to both him mentality and his professionalism.
CB: Phil Jagielka – Everton
Despite his advancing years, he’s still better than anyone Liverpool can boast at the back.
LB: Leighton Baines – Everton
There’s a sense that Baines hasn’t made the most of his talent throughout his career, but as it stands he’s still a safer bet than rookie Joe Gomez.
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