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COMBINED XI: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

The Premier League is blessed with top class goalkeepers – Petr Cech, David De Gea and Joe Hart just to name a few.

Spurs’ captain and shot-stopper Hugo Lloris certainly comes into that category and that’s why he makes it into this combined eleven.

France’s number one isn’t Mauricio Pochettino’s skipper for nothing, he’s experienced and leads the team from the back.

As well as this, he has excellent reactions, he is solid in the air and can play the sweeper keeper role exceptionally well if the defence plays a high line.

He faced competition from Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet for this position, who I believe is a good shot-stopper. However, he is prone to errors and isn’t commanding enough on crosses to dislodge Lloris.

Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

Nathaniel Clyne makes it in a right full-back because of his consistency.

He has great energy and pace to get up and down the pitch in attack and defence and can do a reasonable job at both ends of the field too.

The former Crystal Palace and Southampton man has been a shining star in what has been an indifferent season for the Reds.

Such form has helped Clyne nail down England’s right-back spot for Euro 2016, providing he stays fit and doesn’t suffer a serious injury.

Centre-backs: Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Liverpool’s defensive issues have been there for all to see this campaign, so this one was a no brainer.

Spurs’ two Belgian centre-backs have formed a brilliant understanding this term and have been a big factor in their push for the Premier League title.

They are both comfortable with the ball at their feet and are also strong in the air; the fact that they play together for the Belgium national team proves they are good communicators.

Left-back: Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Danny Rose is another young Spurs defender who has excelled this year.

Much like Nathaniel Clyne he has the energy and stamina to get up and down the pitch in order to do a top job in both defence and attack.

His development was summed up when he won the Man of the Match award on his England debut in the recent 3-2 comeback win over the Three Lions’ great rivals Germany.

Holding midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham) and James Milner (Liverpool)

This partnership would give the team great stability and it would also provide good protection in front of the back four.

Eric Dier has proven himself at defensive midfield for both club and country, he is very fit and he is a big unit making him tough to beat defensively.

James Milner is also full of energy and also has en experienced held on his shoulders, which would help Dier fulfil his potential in midfield.

Not to forget that Milner has won the Premier League title at Manchester City as well.

Attacking midfielders: Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli (Tottenham) and Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Behind the lone striker I would have three attacking midfielders that would work on a rotation system.

All three of these men offer different attributes, particularly going forward.

For example, Christian Eriksen is capable of the odd long distance goal, but his true strength is his dead ball technique – he is a threat from free kicks around the opposition area.

And then you’ve got Dele Alli, who is going to become a Premier League superstar. Alli’s most important attribute is supporting his striker and running beyond them, this is why he scores so many goals from midfield.

Finally, Phillipe Coutinho’s best attribute is his unpredictability. The Brazilian can be non-existent for large parts of a game before popping up with a piece of game-changing magic.

Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane is the perfect man to lead the line.

He has all the tools needed to be a lone striker: he can finish, he can head a ball, he can the hold the ball up and he can run in behind. He’s a defender’s nightmare.

This is also his second season running he has scored 20+ top flight goals and the guy is only 22-years old.

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