Liverpool vs Manchester City Combined XI
With first vs fourth in today’s Super Sunday clash it’s worth more than just points.
It’s bragging rights.
Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield for 14 home games against Manchester City.
However, the front runners won’t lie down and take it from the Reds, they’ll be looking to capitalise on their loss of Philippe Coutinho.
Goalkeeper – Ederson Moares
The 24 year old Brazilian is one of the calmest and coolest goalkeepers I’m sure many of us have seen in a long while.
His ten clean sheets in 22 appearances just proves what a start to his first season he’s had.
Not to leave out Simon Mignolet, who’s 20 appearances and 7 clean sheets is also a strong tally for the first half of the season however Mignolet 10 wins and 2 losses compared to Ederson’s 20 wins just bumps him up in this eleven.
Defenders – Nicolas Otamendi and Dejan Lovren
All eyes have been on Liverpool and their transfer news this January, the loss of Coutinho and the introduction of the Premier Leagues most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk, has left pressure on Dejan Lovren’s shoulders but his season hasn’t been all bad.
With one goal this season already, he impressed in the Reds game verses Burnley with a match best of 84 touches plus the assist for the match winner.
It is safe to say he’s staying on the right side of Klopp to keep his position in the team.
Nicolas Otamendi is another player who’s been impressive in the back end of 2017. Last season he only scored one goal in 30 appearances compared to this seasons 4 in nineteen.
It’s safe to say a year of learning under Pep Guardiola has benefited not only City’s squad but Otamendi himself.
It’s evident he’s more confident and skilful on the ball. With the loss of John Stones and Vincent Kompany to injury, Otamendi was relied upon to help Eliaquim Mangala stabilise City’s back line and has done so.
They both make the cut!
Right Back – Kyle Walker
I’m not shy of admitting I was sceptical about Kyle Walkers arrival to the Etihad but boy has he proven me wrong.
His strong physical presence along with his pace and quick feet have massively improved City’s back line since the days of Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.
While the left side of the defence has been shaky with injuries, Walker has kept the back bone of the defence strong with the help of 4 assists in 20 appearances.
Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both still gaining a reputation at Anfield through confident performances but it can be said Walker is leaps and bounds ahead.
Left Back – Fabian Delph
Summer saw the potential for Delph to leave City and fans not too worried about him leaving.
Plus the introduction of Benjamin Mendy to the squad seemed like Delph was gonna be even lower down the pecking order but how wrong were City fans.
Delph has been nothing but vital to the back 4, his capability to move with the ball not only down the wings but central to help out Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho has been important to City’s success.
Centre Midfielders – Kevin De Bruyne/ David Silva/ Fernandinho
It’s so difficult to try and sum these three up.
We’ve seen some incredible football from all teams this season but the incredible passing, crossing and scoring of these three midfielders so far this season cannot be rivalled by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum, although impressive.
Kevin De Bruyne already has 6 goals and 9 assists in 22 appearances for City, not to mentioned his 138 crosses and 23 through balls.
De Bruyne has often said in interviews that he much prefers the rush of setting up and watching a goal than actually scoring them himself but either way he’s adored at the Etihad and is going to take some stopping.
Silva has 9 goals in 19 appearances as well as 8 assists, his work rate is second none, you won’t ever see Silva not fighting to win a ball and that’s proven in his eighty three duels won.
Many fans will also know the family issues Silva has been facing with his young son and to still be able to give 100% is admirable and I’m sure every fan…yes even you reading this thinking my choices are all wrong, will be well wishing him.
Not to forget about Fernandinho, his work rate is another to be commended, compared to Silva and De Bruyne, Fernandinho is always the one player you can rely on to win the ball back in dangerous territory, not that his 2 goals and 3 assists are to be praised the same, I just value him more for his defensive talents.
Plus we’ll see whether Van Dijk is really worth £75 million.
Right Wing – Raheem Sterling
Right, now this is the interesting one.
Liverpool fans will boo him, for sure but to begrudge Sterling from a purely footballing perspective would be ludicrous.
4 assists and 14 goals from twenty appearances is something no City fan nor Liverpool fan would have thought Sterling would have been able to produce it but here he is City’s top goal scorer and improving game by game.
Only Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have scored more that 22 year old.
Left Wing – Mohamed Salah
Even though he’s a doubt for today’s game Mohamed Salah is firmly leaving his stamp on the Premier League.
Only Harry Kane has scored more but Salah’s 17 in twenty one and five assists cannot be surpassed.
He officially contributed more goals this season than any other Manchester City or Liverpool player.
Salah maybe the next exciting and talented player to bring some silverware back to the terraces of Anfield.
Forward – Sergio Aguero
Thirteen goals leaves Aguero just one behind Raheem Sterling but he’s added 19 goals in all competitions to his all time goal scorer tally for City.
With Gabriel Jesus out for a up to 6 weeks there will be no questions as to who will be starting but Aguero already proved ahead of Jesus before his injury.
Roberto Firmino has also been scoring some fine goals but Sergio Aguero is still a forced to be reckoned with.
All will tell in today’s game but there is no doubt there will be world class footballers playing mouth watering football….I’m still calling a draw!