Liverpool vs Man City combined XI would win Prem without breaking a sweat.. and Salah doesn’t even get in it

LIVERPOOL host Manchester City this weekend in the ultimate top-of-the-table six-pointer.

Despite being just 11 games into the 2019-20 season, it’s already painfully clear they’re the only two teams in with a chance of winning the Premier League.

How a Liverpool-Man City combined XI could look

While they’re set to do battle over 38 games – with just one lifting the trophy come May – a combined XI from both sides would be absolutely unstoppable.

Here’s how that team could line up with the players fit to take to the pitch on Sunday – with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Bernardo Silva missing the cut…

GOALKEEPER

Alisson would just about edge Ederson out of the combined XI
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Alisson

LIVERPOOL’S No1, but more importantly for this team’s sake, Brazil’s No1 too – Alisson gets the nod over compatriot Ederson this time.

City will be concerned after their top stopper picked up an injury during the draw with Atalanta midweek – with Kyle Walker eventually forced to go in goal.

But Alisson, now fully fit after recovering from his injury, is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, making his place in this team all-but certain.

DEFENDERS

Liverpool stars dominate the back-four with Trent and Robertson in the XI
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Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, John Stones, Andy Robertson

YOU could certainly make an argument to say Liverpool have the best full-backs in the world at present, in Trent and Robertson.

Last season they fought tooth and nail to out-do each other in terms of racking up the assists – and this season they seem to be having a personal goal-scoring battle.

So strong in attack and solid in defence, it’s almost embarrassing for Man City that these two cost the Reds a combined £8million with Pep Guardiola shelling out hundreds of millions on his full-backs.

In the heart of defence, Liverpool’s record-buy Virgil van Dijk is a shoo-in winning a hatful of personal awards in the past few months – and is one of the favourites for the Ballon d’Or in December.

Stones just edges out the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and even converted midfielder Fernandinho to the second starting spot in defence.

Aymeric Laporte would have been a definite starter alongside VVD but for his season-ending injury.

But England man Stones has bags of potential but has seen his career stall at times through injury – but when on form, his ball-playing potential from the back-line is second to none.

And if he makes a mistake in this team, he’s got Big Virg next to him to clean up…


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MIDFIELD

De Bruyne and Silva both make it into the combined XI, along with Fabinho
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Kevin De Bruyne, Fabinho, David Silva

IT’S tough to pick just three midfielders from the two teams’ star-studded squads – but there’s no doubt Kevin De Bruyne gets in the team.

His passing, creative mastery makes him a no-brainer for any team on the planet – and he gets in to this side alongside veteran star Silva.

Silva still runs the show from midfield – and pushing forward with KDB – they have the ability to carve open any defence on the planet.

Fabinho just about gets the nod over Fernandinho in one of the toughest calls in the entire XI.

The Liverpool star has been sensational in the last 12 months, while his fellow Brazilian, now 34, has struggled a little bit for form after being shunted into a makeshift back-four.

Others who just miss the cut are Reds trio Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson, along with City’s record-buy Rodri.

Somehow this talented combined XI is good only for the second string

FORWARDS

Aguero and Sterling both just about creep into the combined XI
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Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane

THERE’S absolutely no doubt about it – this is the hardest area to choose…

Roberto Firmino, Bernardo Silva and Mohamed Salah would form one of the greatest attacks in world football today – but they can’t even squeeze their way into this team.

Aguero has to make this team thanks to his red-hot form and his Premier League record to boot.

Firmino therefore misses out meaning this team does lose a little creativity – but Aguero makes up for that with his keen eye for goal.

On the right flank former Liverpool star Sterling just about gets in the team over Salah.

The Man City flyer has been quite possibly the best winger in the world this season, scoring goals for fun and terrifying defences across the globe for club and country.

On the other wing, Mane has been in outrageously good form this season and is another in the running for the Ballon d’Or thanks to his phenomenal 2019.

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