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Liverpool/Everton Dream XI

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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard hands the ball to team-mate Daniel Sturridge (left) to take a penalty kick which he blazed over

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard hands the ball to team-mate Daniel Sturridge (left) to take a penalty kick which he blazed over

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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard hands the ball to team-mate Daniel Sturridge (left) to take a penalty kick which he blazed over

Ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby, here is a Dream Team selection, with no places for Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson or Romelu Lukaku.

Tim Howard (Everton)

Goalkeeper is a problem position. Although he had a nightmare against Crystal Palace last weekend, you can’t leave out Howard for Simon Mignolet.

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DEFENCE

Seamus Coleman (Everton)

In defence, Coleman is currently one of the most exciting right backs in the Premier League.

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Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) and John Stones (Everton)

Centre-backs provide the real dilemma, none offering a compelling reason for selection. Phil Jagielka would have been a shoo-in a year ago, but is easing his way back to form after a difficult spell.

Dejan Lovren has not added the necessary solidity in the Liverpool line-up yet, while Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure are error prone. Sylvain Distin has struggled too, so with an eye on the future it’s John Stones getting the nod alongside Martin Skrtel, who is generally more consistent than the rest.

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Leighton Baines (Everton)

Despite a slow start to his season you have to go for Everton's left-back over recent Liverpool signing Alberto Moreno, who is new to English football and still has much to prove.

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MIDFIELD

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Despite being written off (again) in some quarters, the Liverpool captain is not finished yet.

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James McCarthy (Everton)

Liverpool should be cursing the day they failed to sign McCarthy. He would be an ideal partner to The Kop’s captain. That’s tough on the much-improved Jordan Henderson, but it’s the Republic of Ireland international’s defensive qualities needed here to protect the attacking quartet in front of him.

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Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) and Ross Barkley (Everton)

The two most exciting young midfielders in the country, and should be part of the England side for the next ten years. They’re the first names on the team sheet.

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Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Coutinho is part of the next generation of Brazil’s national team, so he sits alongside Sterling and Barkley with freedom to roam.

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Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

That leaves the lone striker in the 4-2-3-1 system, and with an Anfield strike rate at the start of his career that eclipses Fowler, Rush and Suarez, it has to be Daniel Sturridge over Romelu Lukaku.

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Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a return to action

Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a return to action

Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a return to action

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