By Will Butcher
Dietmar Hamann has named Everton duo Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman in a combined XI with Liverpool players picked from the 24-year Premier League era.
The retired German midfielder picked the duo alongside the likes of ex-Premier Leaguse stars such as Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Duncan Ferguson.
A member of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League winning side, Hamann told Paddy Power’s blog that both Coleman and Baines have the ability to score from full-back.
“Seamus Coleman at right back, the Irishman is great going forward and nicks a few goals – like he did against Arsenal in midweek,” Hamann said. “He’s come on leaps and bounds”.
“Leighton Baines is my left back. He’s just solid isn’t he? Scores goals from set-pieces as well, which is an asset you need to have to get in my team.”
In a side that is dominated by Liverpool players, Hamann named just one other Toffees star in Tim Cahill who left Goodison Park in 2012 after an eight-year stint on Merseyside.
However, Everton’s full-backs are the only two players in the side that are still playing for either of the Merseyside rivals.
Baines and Coleman combined in Everton’s last outing against Arsenal, as Baines sent a superb cross into the Arsenal box for Coleman to head home.
The equaliser allowed Everton to push on for a winner against the Gunners on Tuesday night, allowing Ashley Williams to power home a header late on and earn a 2-1 victory.
Liverpool will be looking to maintain an unbeaten run of 12 games in all competitions against Everton, with Ronald Koeman’s side last securing victory in a Merseyside derby in October 2010.
A win for the Toffees on Monday night could see them close the gap on sixth placed Manchester United to just a point, if Jose Mourinho’s side are defeated by West Brom at the Hawthorns.
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