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Picking a Combined Liverpool vs. Manchester City XI

Matt LadsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

Picking a Combined Liverpool vs. Manchester City XI

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    Last season's Premier League top two go head-to-head on Monday night as Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

    Brendan Rodgers' side surprised and impressed last campaign, running Manuel Pellegrini's charges close for the title, eventually finishing two points behind.

    The two entertainers of the league scored, between them, an incredible 203 goals! Imagine the XI you could create putting the two squads together?

    Well, that's exactly what we've tried to do here— there were some difficult choices due to the sheer plethora of talent theoretically available.

    Have a read then let us know who you would pick in your XI in the comments.

     

    Note: There's no Mario Balotelli in this selection as his move to Liverpool has not yet been finalised at the time of writing.

GK: Joe Hart

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    This is a fairly straightforward choice, with the England No. 1 Joe Hart getting the nod ahead of Simon Mignolet.

    The Belgian had a mixed first season on Merseyside and is growing into his role at a top club, but he lacks the presence that Hart has.

RB: Pablo Zabaleta

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    Probably the Premier League's best right-back of the past five years, Argentine Pablo Zabaleta is an easy choice.

    Glen Johnson is woefully out of form—so much so that he may find himself out of Brendan Rodgers' side once Alberto Moreno is available for the Reds—and Javier Manquillo is yet to prove himself in England.

CB: Vincent Kompany

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    Another Man City player and another easy choice. Vincent Kompany would probably be in any fantasy Premier League XI.

    The 28-year-old is solid, reliable, commanding and experienced—exactly the kind of player you want at the heart of your defence.

CB: Dejan Lovren

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    A somewhat surprising choice perhaps, Croatian new signing Dejan Lovren gets the nod as the first Liverpool player in the side.

    Lovren has played most his career as the left-sided centre-back and with City struggling to find a perfect partner for Kompany in recent years, Lovren would certainly complement him nicely.

LB: Jon Flanagan

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    This is an attacking team and needs some solid defensive players. Liverpool youngster Jon Flanagan would be happy to sit back and let the plethora of attacking players go and express themselves in front of him.

    Young "Flanno" would also add some heart and desire to the side.

DM: Steven Gerrard

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    Liverpool's captain and one of the Premier League's greatest ever players, Steven Gerrard has to be in this side.

    He gets the nod in his new deep-lying playmaker role at the base of the midfield.

CM: Yaya Toure

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    Partnering Gerrard is Yaya Toure—an easy choice. Like Kompany, the Ivory Coast international has been one of the league's best players of the past three years.

    He may be 31 now, but Toure is still one of the most commanding and powerful midfielders in Europe. Just don't forget his birthday.

RM: Raheem Sterling

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    We're opting for a somewhat 4-4-2 shape in order to accommodate the best attacking players at our disposal, so Raheem Sterling gets the spot on the right-side of midfield.

    The 19-year-old has had a stunning past eight months for club and country and looks set to become one of the Premier League's most exciting talents.

LM: David Silva

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    With Sterling offering pace and width on the right, David Silva will play from the left, as he does for City regularly.

    One of the most creative players in the league, with an eye for goal and a touch you can only admire, Silva would add some grace and style to the side.

FWD: Sergio Aguero

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    That leaves a front two of Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge. Not a bad pairing for any side!

    Aguero hit 17 Premier League goals last season, making it 53 in total since moving to Eastlands in 2011.

FWD: Daniel Sturridge

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    Sturridge has been a revelation since joining Liverpool from Chelsea a little over 18 months ago. His impressive form has only been overshadowed by the sheer brilliance of his former strike partner Luis Suarez.

    Thirty-six goals in 50 games is an incredible record for any player, Sturridge deserves his place in this side.

Subs

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    There are several big names missing from this XI.

    Jordan Henderson may feel a little unlucky to miss out in midfield, but his inclusion would have meant dropping one of Gerrard or Toure.

    Similarly, Philippe Coutinho, but the form of Sterling and Silva means they got the nod over the little Brazilian. 

     

    Subs: Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas

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