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Liverpool vs Manchester United: Combined XI

Sumedh Pande
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is blocked by Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool vs Manchester United have always been a fixture to look forward to

The world awaits a mouth-watering clash between the two English giants in Liverpool and Manchester United as the bitter rivals resume their rivalry for the 197th time on Monday night at Anfield with the first clash between these two sides happening 122 years ago in 1894. The Reds are in better form going into this encounter as they trail league leaders, Manchester City by just two points whereas United are three points behind Liverpool going into this game.

Jurgen Klopp faces an anxious wait over the fitness of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum ahead of United's visit while Jose Mourinho will be pleased as the duo of Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been declared fit ahead of Monday's match. This is the first time these two sides since Mourinho took over the reigns from Louis Van Gaal as a hotly contested affair is on the cards on Monday. We select a combined eleven from the two probable lineups in a 4-2-3-2 formation :

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates David De Gea of Manchester United scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
De Gea has established himself as one of the best keepers in the world

The Spaniard is undoubtedly Premier League's no.1 keeper right now and only Manuel Neuer can keep him out of a combined lineup. Liverpool, on the other hand, have to make a tough choice with new signing, Loris Karius looking nervous in coming out of his line against Swansea City with Simon Mignolet waiting for his chance on the bench.

Right back: Nathaniel Clyne

Clyne has proved himself as Liverpool's Mr. Consistent as his tremendous work rate and rampaging runs forward proving to be immense to the Reds' success. His resolute defending is the reason why he edges out Antonio Valencia from the combined lineup. Though Liverpool have conceded way too many goals this season, their fullbacks have offered an extra dimension to their ability to change transitions quickly.

Centre back: Eric Bailly

The 22-year-old has settled well in his new club as his strong presence at the back had been crucial in United's strong start to the season in August. The Ivorian is good in the air, tackles well and has a no nonsense way of playing which sets him apart from Liverpool's Joel Matip although the Cameroonian himself has had a brilliant start to his Liverpool career.

Centre back: Daley Blind

Blind was said to be on the list to be offloaded by United this summer but with a string of influential performances, the Dutchman has proved his worth in this United team. His set piece delivery was brilliant against Leicester as he produced two assists against the champions. Blind has been decent at left back too and with Liverpool still not improving their leaky defence, having United's defenders in the combined lineup makes more sense.

Left back: James Milner

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01:  James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Milner has looked comfortable in his new left back role for the Reds

This can be said as a Jurgen Klopp masterstroke as Milner has effectively settled in his new position as a left back and has also notched up four goals this season. His overall contribution has been immense for the Reds and he is keeping Alberto Moreno out of the starting lineup with his inspired performances. As Luke Shaw has just returned from another injury, Milner takes up the left back position.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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