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Liverpool vs Man City Combined XI: Who would make the cut?

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1.10K   //    13 Jan 2018, 19:59 IST

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

Liverpool and Manchester City clash this Sunday in what is expected to be a thrilling encounter with plenty of goals. City are currently 18 points clear of Liverpool, however both clubs were in excellent form during the festive season, and would aim to get all the 3 points.

We tried to draw a combined starting 11 for the teams in question. Both squads boast of immense attacking talent and some difficult choices were made in leaving out a few players. Let’s take a look at who makes the cut.

Note: Only the players declared fit for the match have been considered into the selection.


Goalkeeper

Manchester City v Everton - Premier League
Ederson is the first name on the sheet.

By far the easiest selection of this lineup, the man between the sticks would be Manchester City’s Ederson, who has enjoyed a seamless transition to the Premier League in terms of his performances. With 10 clean sheets so far, he beats off competition from Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius quite comfortably.


Defence

Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Premier League
Nicolas Otamendi is at the heart of the defence.

We are going with four at the back, and at right back is Kyle Walker, who looks to be justifying the transfer fee that City paid for him back in the summer. With 4 assists made so far in the league, he is expected to have an impact in the game.

Nicolas Otamendi and world-record defender signing Virgil van Dijk are our two centre back selections for their immense command at the back coupled with the goal threat that they provide.

At left back, although Fabian Delph has done a decent job covering for Benjamin Mendy, we have elected to go with a traditional choice in Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson


Midfield

A.F.C. Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier League
The trio that makes City tick.

It’s an all-blue midfield as the trio of Fernandinho, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne have been at their best in all matches and have been fundamental in propelling City to such an advantageous position this early in the season.

While Coutinho has left for Barcelona, Emre Can is in talks of his own, and there are no other players that could currently compete at the levels of City’s midfield players.


Forwards

Liverpool v Leicester City - Premier League
Salah is in the form of his life.

Two players in the form of their lives undoubtedly make the cut here as current Liverpool man Mo Salah (17 league goals) and former Liverpool player Raheem Sterling (14 league goals) are set to grace the two flanks of the pitch. Roberto Firmino is in some form right now, however we are going with Man City legend Sergio Aguero as the striker.


Final Lineup

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The Final Lineup is: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, van Dijk, Robertson; Fernandinho, Silva, de Bruyne; Salah, Sterling, Aguero.

So, eight players from Man City and only three from Liverpool make the lineup. Do you agree with the lineup? What would you change here? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Also read: Liverpool vs Man City: 5 Point Preview

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