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Jermaine Jenas Picks Bizarre Manchester City And Liverpool Combined XI

Ryan Sidle


Jermaine Jenas Picks Bizarre Manchester City And Liverpool Combined XI

Combined XIs usually split opinion, especially when there's so many good players for the two teams in Manchester City and Liverpool, but Jermaine Jenas managed to find agreement, that his team was bizarre.


City and Liverpool are set to face in a huge clash that could even go as far as deciding where the Premier League title will end up this season.

Only one point separates the two teams going into the match at the Etihad and they'll just be seven games left of the season come full time.

There's no doubting the incredible talent that both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have at their disposal and it's tough to separate the teams, who have dominated England's top tier in the past four years.

That's why making a combined XI of their players would be really tough to do, especially to find universal agreement, but it helps if you don't put Kyle Walker at centre back.

The Match of the Day pundit picked his XI for the Premier League and he chose a 5-3-2 in order to crowbar the England full back into a position he hasn't played too regularly.

Usually when someone picks a combined XI it's done in the formation of one of the two teams, or a generic 4-2-3-1/4-3-3, depending what works best in the situation.

Neither Guardiola or Klopp ever use a 5-3-2 system and to pick it in order to crowbar a right back in to play centre back, whilst ignoring some very good centre backs like Ruben Dias and Joel Matip is bizarre to say the least.

There was also plenty of debate about the inclusion of Jordan Henderson, even from Liverpool fans, with Rodri and Fabinho both missing out in central midfield.

Of course Jenas isn't the only pundit to cause huge debate ahead of the big game, with Jamie Carragher claiming the rivalry as the 'greatest' in English football history.

Klopp agreed, but only jokingly after finding out who made the claim.

On Sunday we'll get to find out if Carragher and Jenas were anywhere close with their opinions or if the court of social media was correct.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/PA

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Jermaine Jenas, Premier League, Jordan Henderson, Kyle Walker

Ryan Sidle
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