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Liverpool and Everton are set to go head-to-head at Anfield on Wednesday night as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp prepares for his very first Merseyside derby. 

Both sides aren't exactly performing miracles in the Premier League this season, but they are experiencing joy in various cup competitions. 

Klopp's side will be hoping to secure success in the Europa League, while Roberto Martinez will be desperate to guide his Everton team to the FA Cup final. 

But there should be no underestimating Wednesday's fixture; ultimately, it's an occasion that rarely fails to disappoint. 

With the clash very much on the horizon, now appears to be the right time to select a combined Merseyside XI. On this occasion, we've selected our team using fantasy football game DraftKings.

Looking at the players' Fantasy points per game (FFPG) average, we've picked the standout Merseyside XI of the season so far (players must have played a minimum of six league games).

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First thing's first, here's how Liverpool and Everton shape up when looking at their players' DraftKings statistics: 

Liverpool XI

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet (5.0)
Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (7.1)
Centre-backs: Kolo Toure (3.6), Dejan Lovren (4.7)
Left-back: Alberto Moreno (9.7)
Right-midfield: James Milner (15.2) 
Central-midfielders: Philippe Coutinho (14.5), Jordan Henderson (8.2)
Left-midfield: Adam Lallana (7.7)
Attackers: Roberto Firmino (9.7), Daniel Sturridge (9.6) 

Everton XI 

Goalkeeper: Joel Robles (6.6)
Right-back: Seamus Coleman (9.1)
Centre-backs: Ramiro Funes Mori (6.2), Phil Jagielka (4.5)
Left-back: Leighton Baines (9.9)
Right-midfield: Kevin Mirallas (6.3)
Central-midfielders: Tom Cleverley (9.0), Ross Barkley (12.7)
Left-midfield: Gerard Deulofeu (9.9)
Attackers: Romelu Lukaku (12.4), Arouna Kone (6.2)

Combined Merseyside XI 

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Goalkeeper: Joel Robles (6.6)

Joel Robles secures the number one spot in front of Everton teammate Tim Howard and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

It's safe to say that Robles' statistics are quite impressive; he may well have only helped the Goodison Park outfit secure three wins in his 10 appearances, but he has hardly let the side down. Robles has racked up three clean sheets and made 28 saves.

Right-back: Seamus Coleman (9.1)

Nathaniel Clyne has impressed during his debut season at Anfield, but Seamus Coleman has the edge on him on this occasion.

The full-back certainly doesn't hold back when roaming forward; with 93 crosses and three assists in his 28 appearances, he continues to act as a key man for Martinez's side. 

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Centre-back: Ramiro Funes Mori (6.2)

It's safe to say that Ramiro Funes Mori's stature has been growing every week and he takes his place at the heart of the Merseyside XI. 

With four goals in 26 appearances, the Argentine defender, who scored during Everton's 1-1 draw against Southampton this past weekend, contributes with some important strikes. With 65 interceptions to his name, Mori hasn't let his side down at the back. 

Centre-back: Dejan Lovren (4.7)

Liverpool ace Dejan Lovren starts alongside Funes Mori after growing into his role on Merseyside. 

He may not score as many goals as Everton's standout centre-back, but the former Southampton man has impressed elsewhere; he's won 27 tackles and delivered a surprisingly high 21 shots on goal.

Left-back: Leighton Baines (9.9)

Leighton Baines is the highest scoring defender out of the two teams and it's not exactly unexpected. 

The 31-year-old may have only featured on 13 occasions this term, but he has already racked up 77 crosses and completed 22 interceptions. 

Right-midfield: James Milner (15.2)

Everton may well have more players in this combined team, but James Milner is out on his own as the standout DraftKings performer. 

With an impressive 15.2 FFPG average, Milner's importance to the cause shouldn't be underestimated. Considering he has attempted a mammoth 185 crosses this season, it's not unusual that the England international has 11 assists to his name. 

Central-midfield: Ross Barkley (12.7)

It has been an up and down season for Ross Barkley, but his statistics remain admirable. With eight goals and seven assists, the England youngster is very much a key player for the Blues. 

Despite usually operating in the middle of the park, it must be noted that Barkley has racked up a significant 110 crosses, while he has drawn 65 fouls. 

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Central-midfield: Philippe Coutinho (14.5)

Philippe Coutinho's class continues to shine through at Anfield and his telling statistics are there for all to see. 

Much like Barkley, Coutinho contributes both in terms of goals (9) and assists (6), but will still be seeking improvement as he goes in search of becoming one of the elite players in the Premier League. 

Left-wing: Gerard Deulofeu (9.9)

Gerard Deulofeu is an exciting prospect and has produced a number of classy performances for Everton this season. 

He has managed eight assists throughout the course of the campaign, delivered 142 crosses and drawn 14 fouls.

Attacking-midfield: Roberto Firmino (9.7)

Brazilian ace Roberto Firmino is by no means the finished article, but he has some strong statistics at this stage of the campaign. 

With 34 crosses and 62 shots, Firmino has bagged seven assists and nine goals in 30 appearances. His tally of 51 tackles won is also fairly impressive for a forward. 

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Striker: Romelu Lukaku (12.4)

Romelu Lukaku is quite clearly one of the leading strikers in England's elite division and his DraftKings points confirm that notion. 

The Belgium international is no stranger to having a shot on goal and has attempted to find the back of the net on 106 occasions. His 18 goals and six assists have also helped him rack up the points. 

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