For some fans, the idea of a Liverpool player appearing in an Everton shirt is their worst possible nightmare—and the same goes vice-versa. Very few players transcend the Merseyside divide, with even fewer doing so successfully. Abel Xavier, anyone?
Nick Barmby, of course, had rather more success, and there are the odd few—Peter Beardsley, Gary Ablett—who manage the crossover with not only dignity but success and respect from both sides.
But how about a combined team made of up players from both sides? It might never happen, but it could give an indication of the relative strengths of each side and an interesting insight into where success or failure might arise in the forthcoming Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.
Here then is a mixed Liverpool and Everton XI, based solely on their performances from the present Premier League season.