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Darius Vassell Picks Controversial Combined Liverpool & Manchester City XI

Darius Vassell Picks Controversial Combined Liverpool & Manchester City XI

Darius Vassell has picked his combined Liverpool and Manchester City XI on Sky Sports this morning and it has left many viewers in confusion.

Vassell was speaking on Sky Sports this morning as the countdown to the top of the table clash at Anfield on Sunday continues.

You can check out the team Vassell picked below.

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Vassell has gone for a 4-1-3-2 formation for his combined team.

Starting in goal is Ederson over international counterpart Alisson.

Both keepers are two of the best in the world so an argument could be made for either to start between the sticks.

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Moving into the defence is were some controversy begins to appear.

3/4 of the back four is Liverpool players with Trent Alexander-Arnold & Andy Robertson at full back while Virgil van Dijk is in central defence.

Van Dijk's partner in the combined XI is Fernandinho.

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The 34-year-old has been deployed as a centre back by Pep Guardiola this season after injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.

Vassell claimed that picking Liverpool defender Joel Matip would be a 'possibility' if the Cameroonian was fit.

Moving into midfield and it's Fabinho who gets the nod in the anchor role in front of the defence.

Both teams are blessed with some of the best attacking talent in the world and it can be argued those who miss out could walk into any other team in the league.

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Vassell goes for Kevin De Bruyne, Roberto Firmino and Raheem Sterling.

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Bizarrely, De Bruyne is on the wing and it's Roberto Firmino in the central role behind the two strikers.

De Bruyne is known for his exceptional crossing ability but he's integral to City's midfield while staying predominantly central.

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The front two are Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane.

Mane's position is also peculiar as he plays on the wing for Liverpool while Firmino plays as the main striker.

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This means that those who miss out include Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Mohamed Salah.

Some fans on Twitter couldn't believe the team.



The game on Sunday is set to be the biggest clash of the season and mind games have already begun.

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City boss Pep Guardiola accused Mane of being a diver on Saturday and stated:

"Sometimes he's diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He's a talent."

The footballing world is eagerly anticipating the showdown on Sunday afternoon.

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Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Aguero, Sterling, Premier League, Mane, Salah, Fernandinho

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.