Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, in what some have already labelled as a title decider. A win for Jurgen Klopp’s side would stretch their advantage over Pep Guardiola’s men to nine points, however, a win for the visitors would see the lead cut to just three. Plenty of fans and pundits have already weighed in with some controversial combined XI’s in recent days, so we thought we’d do the same, based on recent form and availability!
GK - Alisson
Alisson and Ederson are both world-class goalkeepers, but we’ve gone with the Reds shot-stopper on this occasion.
RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold
Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a phenomenal rise over the last three years, and nobody can question his place in the side over City’s Kyle Walker.
CB - Virgil van Dijk
Regarded as one of the best players in the world right now, it’s no wonder van Dijk breezes his way into our XI.
CB - John Stones
With Aymeric Laporte and Joel Matip out injured, it’s tricky to find a partner for van Dijk! We’ve gone for Stones though, purely due to the fact that Joe Gomez is out of form.
LB - Andy Robertson
On the opposite full-back flank is Robertson. The Scot has struck up a brilliant relationship with Alexander-Arnold in recent seasons and is regarded by many as the best left-back in the world.
CDM - Fabinho
Fabinho or Fernandinho? We’ve gone with the Reds’ Brazilian midfield enforcer following his excellent form over the past 12 months.
CM - Kevin de Bruyne
De Bruyne is one of the best passers in world football, so it’s hard to look past his impressive vision.
CM - Bernardo Silva
Silva hasn’t yet matched his impressive form from last season, however, everyone knows his world-class ability. He balances out our midfield three with plenty of energy and creativity.
RW - Sadio Mane
Mane has flourished over the past 12 months and is now viewed as one of the most important members of Jurgen Klopp’s side. He begins our exciting front three.
ST - Sergio Aguero
Aguero has begun the campaign in red hot form in front of goal, so he just about edges out Roberto Firmino in the striker’s role.
LW - Raheem Sterling
The final inclusion in the side is former Liverpool man Sterling. He’s become a key man to Pep Guardiola over the past 18 months and rightfully takes his place in the XI.