Van Dijk starts at the back in Jamie Carragher's dream Merseyside derby five-a-side team

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The Merseyside derby has produced some instant classics over the years, from Mo Salah's Puskas award winning curler to Jordan Pickford's bizarre error leading to Divock Origi's injury time winner.

The red side of the city have always been heavy favourites when the two clubs meet but football is not won on paper and Everton have scrapped to a few upsets over the years.

Liverpool are currently on course to win their first ever Premier League title if they can topple the seemingly immovable object that is Manchester City, whilst Everton are plodding towards the finish line in mid-table.

One former Liverpool player who knows exactly what its like to play under the spotlight in a Merseyside derby is Jamie Carragher.

The centre-back was known for his cunning tactics as well as his aggression and passion making him a cult favourite amongst the Liverpool faithful.

BT Sport created a transfer system where people could choose their ultimate Merseyside five-a-side team with a budget of £50m.

Bearing in mind having Steven Gerrard in midfield and Romelu Lukaku up top would total a whopping £28 million, tactical decisions needed to be made.

Amongst the many who had a crack at picking their team was current Sky Sports pundit Carragher and his picks were bound to surprise a few.

Carragher's five-a-side team consisted of Neville Southall, Virgil van Dijk, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush, in what is a side predominantly from yesteryear and all from Liverpool apart from the goalkeeper.

The big inclusion has to be Dutchman Van Dijk who despite exceeding all expectations so far this season, has still only been at the club since January of 2018.

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The 27-year-old has been a brick wall at the back for the Reds this campaign and has more than justified his - at the time - extortionate transfer fee of £75 million.

Southall being picked over current Liverpool 'keeper Allison is also somewhat of a surprise, with the Brazilian also impressing this season and being one million pound less than the big Welshman.

Steven Gerrard was also exempt due to being 'too expensive', as Carragher comically said he set one million aside 'for the ale'.

Neville Southall Everton Goalkeeper 1989
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