The international break to say the very least, was as boring as ever, so let’s get back to the real football!

Liverpool travel to Manchester City on Saturday for what promises to be an open game.

Here is my combined XI of Liverpool and Man City players in a 4-3-3 formation.

Simon Mignolet

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The Belgian is a more established goalkeeper in the Premier League, and Ederson hasn’t shown enough for me to put him in just yet.

Kyle Walker

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Nathaniel Clyne is a very close call when it comes to the right back position, however Kyle Walker just has that little bit more in terms of getting forward. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Danilo have not played enough in the Premier League to have their names thrown into the hat.

Joel Matip

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Matip is the only Liverpool defender I trust! He’s good on the ball, composed and brings a sense of calmness to a defence. In the modern game, his 6″5 frame is also a huge advantage. Simply much more reliable than the other available options.

Vincent Kompany

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Benjamin Mendy

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Having watched the Champions League games last year, I was impressed with Mendy, who offered Monaco offered width and showed that he has a fantastic delivery. He’s more reliable than Alberto Moreno, whilst Andy Robertson still hasn’t had enough time to prove anything at this level.

Emre Can

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Last season, I was one of his biggest critics, and now I find myself picking Emre Can over the reliable Fernandinho. He seems to have taken his game to the next level, and he is also starting to provide something going forward. He would go straight into the number six role as he has that grit and steel I’d want in a player protecting the defence.

David Silva

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Genius. Breathtaking. Sublime. They’re the three words I’d use to describe David Silva. He simply has to be in the team, and I’m sure he could get into many teams in the world. His eye for that killer pass is impeccable. Not sure about the new haircut though…

Philippe Coutinho

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Our little magician. He’s been controversial recently, but when making a team purely on footballing ability, like Silva, he has to be there. He offers a long range threat and has the eye for a killer pass. One thing that’s not seen as much is his defensive work rate, which makes him even more valuable. Let’s hope he can get his head down and perform for The Reds.

Sadio Mane

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I thought right wing was Mane’s best position, yet this guy continues to improve and get better. On the left, he’s been showing he has the ability to cut inside and cause mayhem for the opposition defence and goalkeeper. He offers pace, creativity and works very hard for the team.

Kevin de Bruyne

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The one that got away for Chelsea! He was never given the chance, and it’s come back to haunt them. He’s now developed into a versatile maestro who on his day, can cause any team issues with his pinpoint deliveries from the right, or even his dead ball ability. De Bruyne will get goals and assists and will compliment the others in the side, making this front three pretty much unstoppable.

Sergio Aguero

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Aguero is a player I’ve admired for years, and always thought if anyone could fill the Luis Suarez void at Liverpool, it would be him. He has that natural eye for goal, and is unpredictable, making him an attacker defenders wouldn’t want to face. He scores all types of goals, and whilst Roberto Firmino was a close second, at this moment in time, he doesn’t guarantee 15-20+ goals in the Premier League.

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