There are some harsh omissions.
This weekend is one of the few when ‘Super Sunday’ actually lives up to its name.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City is a fixture which rarely disappoints. Two managers with similar philosophies, similar strengths and similar weaknesses come head to head in a clash that should see a lot of goals.
City are cruising towards the title and remain unbeaten in the league, but Liverpool are enjoying an excellent run of form and should cause City a lot of problems.
With that in mind, we decided to put together a combined XI of the two sides. To clarify, in order to qualify for this team, the players must be fit and available. Sorry, that means no Benjamin Mendy.
There should be no debate here. The Brazilian has improved Pep Guardiola’s side immeasurably. After the calamitous season that Claudio Bravo endured last year, City have felt the benefit of Ederson’s shot-stopping ability as well as his distribution. He doesn’t face much competition from Liverpool’s ‘keepers either, to be honest.
Right-back: Kyle Walker
Again, a summer signing who has helped City reach new heights. His dynamism, aggression, powerful overlapping runs and underrated passing ability make him the best right-back in the league. Honourable shouts to the injured Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who looks like a very hot prospect though.
Right centre-back: John Stones
After a shaky start to his City career, the England international has ironed out some…