Combined XI: Chelsea vs Liverpool Starting Lineup
Starting line up Liverpool vs Manchester United? Liverpool vs Manchester United best combined starting XI? Two clubs with thirty-eight league titles between will do battle under the lights when Liverpool host Manchester United. We will take a look at the best combined Liverpool vs Manchester United starting lineup.
Former Liverpool defender-turned-Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher reckons the game will be one to remember.
“This is extra special, under the lights at Anfield, and there have been some great games there, you think of the 3-3 game all that time ago. It will be a great atmosphere, and I think Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing,” said Carragher.
United midfielder Juan Mata believes the game will be as big as always. The Spanish midfielder said: “this is a special game for the Manchester United fans and, in general, one of the greatest clashes of the season in European football”.
From locking horns in FA Cup Finals (1977 and 1996, United emerging victorious on both occasions), to Sir Alex Ferguson famously promising to “knock Liverpool off their f*****g perch”, this could well be as spicy a clash as ever, with both clubs looking to close the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
With this in mind, here is a combined XI comprised of players of both clubs.
GK: David De Gea (Manchester United)
No contest here. Spanish stopper De Gea is a formidable keeper, who has earned United points on his own. Add to the fact that Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet so far this season, despite being higher in the table, tells you all you need to know in this battle between the sticks, Simon Mignolet missing out.
RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
Has played every minute in the league so far this season, the only player in this combined squad to do so.
CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
A commanding presence in the United backline, he has improved considerably in recent months. Also recovered from the ignominy of his now-former manager Louis van Gaal calling him ‘Mike’!
CB: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
Has really come into his own since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield. Calm and composed, he handles his duties well at the back for the Reds.
LB: Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Just finding his form again after his horror injury last season. Hopefully he can recapture the form he showed before the injury.
DMC: James Milner (Liverpool)
Capable of playing on the wings or in the middle, also weighs in with his share of goals. Not afraid to put in a shift either.
DMC: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Leads the Premier League in passes this season (589) and controls the midfield with authority. Is in this side ahead of the more inconsistent Marouane Fellaini, and Ander Herrera.
RW: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
I have Firmino ahead of Paul Pogba due to the fact that since his arrival, Pogba has only really turned up in one game so far. Firmino, like Lovren, is another who has benefitted from Klopp’s arrival, with three goals to his name so far this term.
AMC: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Has lit up the Premier League since his summer arrival from PSG. Four goals to his name, and a real influence on the younger players in the squad.
LW: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s ‘Little Magician’ has the ability to terrify opposition defences, and has an eye for the spectacular.
CF: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
What an impact this young man has made since exploding onto the scene last season. Has earned his place in this squad ahead of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge.
Well this lineup is bound to cause some controversy, with no starting place for the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney or Paul Pogba. I have tried to base this side on current form, and on what I have seen so far this season. Please feel free to comment about what your lineup would read.
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75