Liverpool vs Manchester City: Combined XI
Make no mistake about it, Liverpool vs Manchester City at Anfield has all the makings to be the game of the season. Two teams known for their firebrand style of football will lock horns, albeit, for completely different objectives.
City will go into this game wanting to continue their unbeaten run in the league. At the same time, Liverpool will feel the need to put in an impressive performance against the toughest opponent they can come across in the league and push on with their race to the second spot.
It can also be argued that City's most crucial away test excites Pep Guardiola with Anfield being the only ground where the Citizens have not won since Sheikh Mansour took over. Manchester City last tasted victory at Anfield back in 2003. But a 5-0 win in the first half of the season might provide the much-needed confidence going into this game.
Liverpool have been a different side since their drubbing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in October and are unbeaten since. Both these sides are currently experiencing a purple patch on the field with many expecting Jurgen Klopp's men to stop the Manchester City juggernaut.
On that note, let's take a look at the combined XI from these sides based on current form, influence and fitness:
Goalkeeper: Ederson (Manchester City)
The easiest choice to make in this combined lineup. On one hand, Ederson has impressed since his summer move whereas, on the other, both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have not impressed Jurgen Klopp and the supporters.
Klopp does not seem to know who the best keeper of the roster is and this gives us a fair idea of the quality of the custodians present at the club.
Meanwhile, Ederson has been in great form for Manchester City with the Brazilian being City's first line of attack. His distribution is sensational as well. Choosing Ederson over Mignolet is as simple a decision as any.