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Who Makes Our Combined United-Liverpool XI Ahead Of This Weekend’s Clash?

Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford in Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off, and the game is sure to have a massive bearing on the race for the top four, particularly the runners-up spot.

United sit two points ahead of their Merseyside rivals, having come from behind to win 3-2 at Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

The sides played out a drab 0-0 earlier in the season at Anfield, but this tie promises to be a cracker – especially given what’s at stake for the potential victor.

There will be a wealth of talent on display at Old Trafford – which has led us to make a combined eleven out of England’s most successful clubs.

Manchester City might be running away with the Premier League title, but if this team ever came to fruition – it would certainly provide them with a stern challenge.

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GK:

David De Gea – Manchester United

The Spaniard has once again been the most consistent performer for United this season, making a series of incredible saves over the last few games. He is a picture of reliability, and on his day can prove impenetrable.

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DEF:

Antonio Valencia – Manchester United

Valencia offers United plenty going forward, holding an eye for goal and excellent crossing ability. He also never fails to put a shift in in defence and makes some vital interceptions that help set his side on the front foot.

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Eric Bailly – Manchester United

His return in recent weeks has proved a welcome boost for United, given their defensive woes. Bailly is likely to be given a starting berth for the crucial clash, and the Ivorian’s strength and no-nonsense style of defending will be key if his side want to get a result.

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Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool

Recent performances from the world’s most expensive defender show exactly why he has earnt that honour. Van Dijk’s presence at the back, composure on the ball and aerial ability gives Liverpool another dimension.

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Andy Robertson – Liverpool

The former Hull City man has acclimatised faultlessly to his new surroundings this season, linking up well in attack and creating plenty of chances down the left. Robertson is also tenacious in defence and very hard to get past, and he is as industrious a full-back as you are likely to see.

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MID:

Nemanja Matic – Manchester United

The lynchpin in the United midfield, Matic silently stems the threat of the opposition which allows others to bombard forward freely. He makes crucial interceptions and tackles and can also pitch in in attack – proven by his wondergoal against Crystal Palace last time out.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool

Chamberlain has added a creative side to his game since his move to Liverpool. The England international has found the net on occasion and created a multitude of chances for his team in recent weeks, he presses the opposition excellently, and holds the ability to play passes that can carve teams open.

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Paul Pogba – Manchester United

Pogba flourishes most when he is positioned in the right-side of a midfield trio, which gives him license to go forward and reduces his defensive responsibilities. Skilful on the ball, excellent footwork and a range of passing and shooting set Pogba apart from other midfielders.

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ATT:

Mohammed Salah – Liverpool

Not since Cristiano Ronaldo have we seen a winger pitch in with so many goals in a Premier League season, and that is testament to Salah’s endless ability. He is lightning quick on the break, a precise dribbler and a lethal finisher.

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Roberto Firmino – Liverpool

A workhorse whose footballing brain is simply second to none. While not your classic centre forward, Firmino’s hold-up play and runs off the ball create the space for others to run into, he is simply the focal point of Jurgen Klopp’s system.

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Alexis Sanchez – Manchester United

While it hasn’t quite happened yet for the Chilean at Manchester United, Sanchez possesses ability in abundance which sets him apart from other defenders. His low centre of gravity allows him to dance past defenders, and he has a fantastic range of goalscoring.

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Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through [email protected] .