Picking a Combined XI of Liverpool and Manchester City Stars Ahead of Saturday's Anfield Clash

Saturday is all about New Years Eve for some people. You know, the anticipation, the planning and the fact that 99% of the time it’s a massive let down? Yeah, that. 

But forget about fireworks and champagne, Saturday sees Liverpool host Man City in a game that could make or break both sides title bids before the clock strikes 12. 

Here’s the best XI we could string together (including players who are unavailable for the game, just to make it more fun).

11. GK: Simon Mignolet

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Having to pick between Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius, Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero is like deciding who you’d rather get a punch in the face from, The Rock or Conor McGregor. 

The Belgian has kept an impressive four clean sheers since being reinstated by Jurgen Klopp and there’s no other reason other than that which means he makes the starting berth. 

10. LB: James Milner

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The ever-reliable and versatile James Milner has been so impressive since he moved into yet another position in his long and illustrious career. 

Milner has never looked out of place playing left-back, with the 30-year-old thriving for Liverpool this term. 

9. CB: Vincent Kompany

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Despite the fact the City skipper has played just three games this term, it’s hard to look past him in a combined XI. 

His injuries have plagued his last few seasons, including this one, but when he plays there’s no denying the Belgian is one of the best in the world. 

8. CB: Joel Matip

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There’s been a few shouts for signing of the season already this term, but not many will edge out the free signing of Joel Matip by Liverpool. 

The Cameroonian has been mighty impressive in his debut season with his soaring presence a handful for even the league’s best hitmen. 

7. RB: Nathaniel Clyne

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Another pick from Liverpool sees England international Nathaniel Clyne just pip City’s Pablo Zabeleta. 

The 25-year-old has been in impressive form for the Reds this season and has only missed two games. 

6. CM: Yaya Toure

Hull City v Manchester City - Premier League

Who’d have thought that at the beginning of the season we’d be talking about Yaya Toure even playing for City, let alone making it into any team of this sort. 

The Ivorian, credit where it’s due, has got his head down and got on with his game when his career looked bleak, even bagging three goals in seven games.

5. CM: Philippe Coutinho

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We know Coutinho is more of an attacking midfielder, but sticking him in this position means we can fit the rest of the great attacking options into this team. 

The Brazilian has looked nothing short of world class with five goals and five assists in the league this term. 

4. LW: Raheem Sterling

Hull City v Manchester City - Premier League

Another player who has come on leaps and bounds since playing under the tutorship of Pep Guardiola is Raheem Sterling. 

The ex-Liverpool man has five goals and six assists for City and is finally starting to look a snip at £49m*. 

*insert sarcastic tone about ridiculous price tag here

3. CAM: Kevin De Bruyne

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The ginger maestro tops the Premier League assists charts with a whopping nine already this season, three ahead of his closest rivals. 

The Belgian has never looked out of place amongst the best playmakers in the world and just about pipped Roberto Firmino, who is having a season to remember for Liverpool. 

2. RW: Sadio Mane

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And speaking of seasons to remember, Sadio Mane has been exceptional since joining for Reds ‘feeder club’ Southampton (sorry Saints fans). 

The Senegalese speedster is going to be sorely missed during the African Cup of Nations next month and will be hoping to end 2016 on a high. 

1. ST: Sergio Aguero

Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Who else but Sergio Aguero? The Argentine will be back for City for this crunch game having sat out the four games of his suspension after a late red card against Chelsea. 

Despite playing less games, he’s still only three goals away from Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts and you wouldn’t bet against him finding the net against Liverpool.

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