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Graeme Souness Omits A Certain £89m Midfielder From His Combined Man Utd/Liverpool XI

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: Graeme Souness the manager of Newcastle United before the Barclays Premiership match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on October 23, 2005 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness was handed the unenviable task by Sky of selecting a combined eleven from his old side and Manchester United.

The Scottish midfield general, who won five league titles and three European Cups in a six-year spell at Anfield, duly put together his team but there were a number of surprises in the below side:

The choice of goalkeeper was no surprise, David De Gea has been his usual reliable self while Liverpool keepers Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet have not exactly inspired confidence.

The selection of an all-Liverpool defence, however, will raise eyebrows – especially given the form of Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford this season.

The midfield is also causing a hefty amount of debate on social media, but arguably isn’t the most contentious issue. Carrick and Lallana are no-brainers, their contributions to their respective teams this year has been enormous, but while the battle between Henderson and Paul Pogba would be a lot closer that people who made up their mind about the Liverpool captain three years ago would argue, it’s still not a debate the Englishman should be the winner of.

Pogba’s performances, over the past couple of months in particular, have been tremendous.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur and Paul Pogba of Manchester United compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 11, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

In the forward line, again there can be no arguments about the inclusion of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Coutinho – the former has 18 goals already in his debut season in England, while the latter has been courting interest from the likes of Barcelona due to his stellar performances in this capmpaign.

Juan Mata, despite his eye for a pass and capability of popping up with important goals at the right time, arguably wouldn’t even get into Man United’s strongest eleven let alone this one – overlooked forward Sadio Mané, meanwhile, has probably been up there as one of the players of the season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Erik Pieters of Stoke City battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Teams like this are always going to cause debate, and in a game of opinions nobody is going to pick one that everybodyis happy with, but Souness still made a number of questionable calls.

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