Manchester City - Liverpool combined XI: How many Reds make the team?

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Manchester City vs Liverpool kicks-off at 20:00 this evening at the Etihad Stadium but what would a best XI with players selected from both sides look like?

It is one of the biggest fixtures in the domestic football calendar and it has arrived on the second matchweek of the Premier League schedule.

Last season's champions Manchester City play host to runners-up Liverpool with both sides looking to make an early season statement of intent with a strong three points over a clear title rival.

Liverpool have spent large in a summer where they also lost Luis Suarez, while City will want to kick on following their 2-0 triumph over Newcastle United eight days ago.

But who would receive a starting spot if both rosters were combined?

GK - Joe Hart

Hart, 27-years-old, returned 71 saves and 13 clean sheets from 31 games last season, while Simon Mignolet produced 107 saves with ten clean sheets from 38 games. However, Hart has a strong command of an area, something Mignolet perhaps lacks.

LB - Aleksandar Kolarov

City have competition for places in all departments and they arguably have two established left backs in Kolarov and Gael Clichy who are seemingly superior to anything Liverpool can offer.

CB - Vincent Kompany

One of the best defenders in world football, Vincent Kompany is a leader, reliable, has physical strengths, has obvious tackling ability and is a ball playing centre back.

CB - Dejan Lovren

Eliaquim Mangala could prove to be an exquisite Premier League addition, yet the summer signing at City is yet to feature in England, leaving Lovren as the best out of the remaining lot. Lovren, a £20 million recruit from Southampton, has excellent positional awareness and is a good interceptor of the football.

RB - Pablo Zabaleta

Like their 'problem' at left back, City have two right backs in Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna who could both offer something more than Liverpool's full backs when it comes to defensive responsibility.

LW - David Silva

One of the more prolific chance creators of last season, Silva is by far one of the most reliable makers of play in the Premier League. However, in the years to come, Philippe Coutinho could soon give him a run for his money…

CM - Steven Gerrard

An accomplished Premier League veteran, there are few in England who can boast the experience and big-game nous that Gerrard possesses.

CM - Yaya Toure

The most accomplished box-to-box player of last year, Toure - in some commentators's opinions - should have been the player of the year over Luis Suarez.

RW - Raheem Sterling

One of the more exciting prospects in world football, Sterling could make an elite-level name for himself this season after breaking out in the past two years. Sterling has trickery on the football but is not wasteful.

ST - Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge has scored 36 goals from 50 appearances for Liverpool and, despite being cast into Luis Suarez's shadow last year, is fully capable of shouldering any goal-scoring burden.

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ST - Sergio Aguero

If Aguero did not suffer injury last season then he could have returned a strike haul akin to Suarez as, when it comes to minutes per goals scored/created, the Argentine is awesome. Last year, Aguero returned a goal or created an assist once every 56 minutes (Cristiano Ronaldo territory), while this year he has only played eight minutes of football but has already scored!

Hart

Zabaleta - Lovren - Kompany - Kolarov

Gerrard - Toure

Sterling           -            Silva

Sturridge - Aguero

Total: City = seven players; Liverpool = four players.

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