Manchester City left Anfield with a point after a 0-0 draw in October 2018, before Pep Guardiola’s side recorded a crucial 2-1 win over Liverpool in January on their way to winning the titleHow do you combine two of the best front threes in European football into one starting line-up? With Premier League leaders Liverpool…
How do you combine two of the best front threes in European football into one starting line-up?
With Premier League leaders Liverpool and champions Manchester City meeting on Sunday, we asked you to put together the best XI you could from these two stellar squads. And the results were, to say the least, interesting.
In attack, the surprising news is there was no place for Mohamed Salah – well, sort of.
Almost everyone chose to line their team up in a 4-3-3 formation, and Salah was the most-picked player on the wide right – but although Raheem Sterling wasn’t the most-picked player in any one position, just over 70% of you slotted him in somewhere and that means he edges out Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar, who only managed to work his way into 52% of your squads overall.
Sergio Aguero gets your vote in the number nine position, appearing in more than twice as many of your teams as Roberto Firmino, while Sadio Mané – the most-picked forward – completes the front three.
Kevin de Bruyne was the most popular midfielder, with 94% of teams making room for the Belgian.
Liverpool fans will be happier with the way things are shaping up at the back, where Virgil van Dijk was in almost 98% of your teams and was the most-selected player overall. He is partnered by Aymeric Laporte, who got the nod from 66% of you.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson eased their way into the full-back slots, getting in 83% and 84% of your XIs respectively, while Alisson comfortably gets the goalkeeping gig, picking up 69% of the vote compared to Ederson’s 28%. Yes, some people wanted Claudio Bravo between the sticks.
Here’s the final XI, as chosen by you:
You can still pick your XI but unfortunately your votes won’t be counted – and don’t forget to share your picks on social media using #bbcfootball.
Who you chose last time…
When the teams last met in the Premier League, at Etihad Stadium in January, Salah made the XI ahead of Stering, but there wasn’t room for any members of Liverpool’s midfield.
Goals from Aguero and Leroy Sané helped City to a 2-1 win on that occasion – but will the champions take the points at Anfield this weekend?