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Liverpool are set to host Manchester City within the Premier League on Sunday as they go looking for only their third top-flight win of the season. The Reds have endured a miserable begin to the campaign and are 13 points behind the Residents 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, incorporates a complete host of stars who’re widely considered amongst the very best on the planet. It’s sure to be a mouthwatering affair on Merseyside as each 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 shape of Alisson and Ederson. Each 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 the most effective right-backs on the planet over the previous few years. But his form has dropped off a cliff this season and he has been guilty of a complete host of defensive errors. Kyle Walker is due to this fact given the nod on the suitable side of a back 4.

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

Midfield – Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva

Liverpool have suffered a midfield injury crisis in the course of the early stages of the season, which has hampered their performances. And we’re going with a City trio in our midfield. Rodri is given the duty of sitting in front of the defence to guard the back 4 and break up play, while Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva can be the lads to show defence into attack.

De Bruyne is considered one of the best players to have ever played within the Premier League and already has one top-flight goal and nine assists to his name this season. And Silva has been at the highest of his game for years, contributing to 6 strikes this term in the form of two goals and 4 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 online 15 times in his first nine Premier League matches. His inclusion in our team won’t raise many eyebrows following his effective begin to life in England.

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

With so many superstar players to select from, Klopp could also be dissatisfied 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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