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Jamie Carragher Picks His Combined Liverpool And Manchester United XI

Jamie Carragher Picks His Combined Liverpool And Manchester United XI

Jamie Carragher has picked his combined Liverpool and Manchester United XI ahead of Sunday's meeting at Anfield.

United's win at Burnley in their game in hand in midweek means they are now three points clear of their rivals going into the top of the table clash.

But Reds' legend Carragher still gave the edge to Liverpool when putting together a side made up of both sets of players going off current form.

He selected eight players from the Premier League champions and a further three from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

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Image: Sky Sports
Image: Sky Sports

Alisson Becker gets the nod over David De Gea in goal and in defence Liverpool trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Andy Robertson are joined by United skipper Harry Maguire.

Because it had to be available players, Virgil van Dijk was not in contention.

Summer signing and former United target Thiago Alcantara and Reds' captain Jordan Henderson keep things ticking over in midfield, with Bruno Fernandes ahead of them as a No.10.

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Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are shoo-ins on the flank and Carragher has gone for Marcus Rashford through the middle instead of Roberto Firmino, Edinson Cavani or Anthony Martial.

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Explaining his choices on Sky Sports, Carragher said: "Liverpool at this moment have the edge over Manchester United so I think they would always dominate these teams.

"A few years ago De Gea would have been straight in but I think that's the role of Alisson now when you pick Liverpool against any other team in the league.

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"The big decision for me was at centre-back. Maguire's had a really tough time at the start of the season but I've actually really admired the way he's come out of that and the performances he's showing - I think that's testament to his mentality.

"Fabinho is not a centre-back so Manchester United supporters may argue for [Victor] Lindelof or maybe Eric [Bailly] but Fabinho's possibly been Liverpool's best player this season.

"I had to have Rashford in the team. Was I gonna leave Salah or Mane out? Of course not, they're two of the first picks in there.

"I love Firmino but I'm a huge admirer of Marcus Rashford and I had to find a position for him."

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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Jamie Carragher

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