Danny Murphy believes two Everton stars would currently get in the Liverpool team. We’re not sure that’s the case, however.
Danny Murphy previewed Everton v Liverpool for the Mail on Sunday. In that preview, Murphy said that two years ago, only Andre Gomes would have gotten in the Liverpool side (we think that’s generous to Gomes).
Now, however, the progress is clear – two Blues would make a combined team.
“You would not leave [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin out of any team and at the back Yerry Mina would deserve his place based on this season’s performances,” he said. “However, it is still true that Liverpool remain stronger overall which is why I fancy them on Saturday.
“James Rodriguez is a tremendous player but you would not have him ahead of Mo Salah. I’ve eulogised about Richarlison but he is not quite the same player as Mane. Lucas Digne gets good reviews as Everton’s left-back but you would still take Andy Robertson every day of the week.”
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While we don’t think a single Everton player would have made the team over the last two years, it’s hard to argue that one would now. Calvert-Lewin has started the season on fire and as Roberto Firmino is struggling, you’d pick the Everton man on current form.
You can then argue that Calvert-Lewin plays nothing like Firmino and the entire team would suffer, of course. But on a player-to-player comparison right now, Calvert-Lewin is certainly playing better.
It’s also true that Joe Gomez is out of form and there’s an argument for centre-half. We still wouldn’t have Mina, though. Throw Fabinho in alongside Virgil van Dijk and take another Liverpool midfielder.
Although, again, there aren’t many playing well. Thiago and Jordan Henderson haven’t really put a foot wrong but they’ve barely played.
Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum have played plenty – but neither have played very well. Perhaps, then, you could argue for Everton new-boy Allan.
But in all truth, this exercise only highlights the two teams’ start to the season. Everton are flying, Liverpool are struggling. In another sign of their respective strengths, though, a Liverpool win next week changes that.
In fact, a Liverpool win with solid performances from Firmino and Gomez suddenly makes this another 11-0 win for the Reds.