Liverpool and Man City combined XI as eight Jurgen Klopp key men miss out

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Liverpool are set to host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday as they go in search of only their third top-flight win of the season. The Reds have endured a miserable start to the campaign and are 13 points behind the Citizens and 14 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Despite the team’s struggles, Jurgen Klopp has a plethora of talent at his disposal. And Pep Guardiola’s City side, meanwhile, contains a whole host of stars who are widely regarded as among the best in the world. It’s sure to be a mouthwatering affair on Merseyside as both teams battle for the points. And Express Sport brings you our combined XI as eight of Klopp’s key men miss out.

Goalkeeper – Alisson

Liverpool and City possess outstanding goalkeepers in the form of Alisson and Ederson. Both players are Brazil internationals, with Liverpool’s Alisson starting five of his country’s last six matches ahead of City’s Ederson. So Alisson gets his hands on the No 1 jersey in our combined team.

Defence – Walker, Van Dijk, Dias, Cancelo

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been one of the best right-backs in the world over the last few years. But his form has dropped off a cliff this season and he has been guilty of a whole host of defensive errors. Kyle Walker is therefore given the nod on the right side of a back four.

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Joao Cancelo is named on the opposite side of defence as he continues to impress for the Premier League champions. And that means Andy Robertson misses out on a place in our team. Meanwhile, in the centre of the defence, Virgil van Dijk gets a place in the team off the back of the long-term influence he has had on a successful Liverpool side in recent years. And the Netherlands international will partner City’s Ruben Dias.

Midfield – Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva

Liverpool have suffered a midfield injury crisis during the early stages of the season, which has hampered their performances. And we are going with a City trio in our midfield. Rodri is given the task of sitting in front of the defence to protect the back four and break up play, while Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva will be the men to turn defence into attack.

De Bruyne is one of the greatest players to have ever played in the Premier League and already has one top-flight goal and nine assists to his name this season. And Silva has been at the top of his game for years, contributing to six strikes this term in the shape of two goals and four assists.

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Forwards – Salah, Haaland, Foden

The City attack has been mesmerising this season, with summer signing Erling Haaland finding the back of the net 15 times in his first nine Premier League matches. His inclusion in our team won’t raise many eyebrows following his fine start to life in England.

He will be flanked by City team-mate Phil Foden and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. Foden has been in scintillating form during the early part of the campaign, bagging six goals and three assists in the league. And Salah’s statistics since moving to Liverpool from Roma in 2017 have been nothing short of unbelievable. The Egypt forward has endured a mixed start to this campaign amid Liverpool’s woes. But he came off the bench to score a six-minute hat-trick against Rangers in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

With so many superstar players to choose from, Klopp may be disappointed to see just three of his players make the line-up. But after City’s dominance in recent times, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Joel Matip, Fabinho, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez all miss out.

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