Manchester United vs Liverpool: Combined XI
Manchester United vs Liverpool, at Old Trafford, kicks off this weekend's Premier League fixtures. The North-West derby is one of the biggest games of the season, duly noted in football fans' calendar as soon as the fixture list is drawn-up.
When they met earlier this season at Anfield, it resulted in a somewhat dull 0-0 draw. If Liverpool win this time, they will climb above United into second place. On the other hand, if United win, they will open up a 5-point gap going into the end of the season which will almost guarantee them second place.
With Manchester City having almost sealed the title, these two battle for bragging rights as well as second place in the table. In any case, there is never a need for external motivation when these two fierce rivals clash on the pitch.
Over the years, United and Liverpool have possessed an array of world class players in their arsenal. It is always a difficult task to form a combined team because so many top players will have to be dropped, but we gave it a a go anyway..
David de Gea
Loris Karius has been constantly improving ever since he has been instituted as Liverpool's No. 1 by Klopp in January. He has pulled off some excellent saves in recent games and has provided some stability to the Liverpool defence.
However, David de Gea is arguably the best keeper in the Premier League and among the best in the world. Time and again, he has shown why he is rated so highly. He is leading the race for the Golden Glove this season, having missed out on it in the previous seasons.
A top goalkeeper saves crucial points for you and that is exactly what the Spaniard has been up to this season, yet again. It would be difficult to imagine United fighting for the Champions League places without him between the posts.