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Liverpool and Manchester United are set to go head-to-head in one of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the season on Sunday. 

Jurgen Klopp's side can go level on points with their great rivals if they secure all three points on home soil. 

The Reds will go into the game full of confidence after midfielder Joe Allen struck a 90th-minute equaliser against Arsenal on Wednesday night. 

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United, on the other hand, lost two precious points after conceding late on against Newcastle United on Tuesday, so will be determined to put things right on Merseyside. 

So, ahead of the fixture, which players would make the ultimate XI between the two sides? Here's what we think...

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Goalkeeper: David de Gea

Spanish international David de Gea comfortably takes the No.1 spot here. United's 'keeper has been exceptional over the course of the last couple of years while Liverpool man Simon Mignolet just hasn't been able to cut out the mistakes from his game. 

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Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne 

Nathaniel Clyne is yet to really to find his best form at Anfield, but he's still been an important member of the Liverpool side throughout the course of the campaign. United, on the other hand, have played a number of different players at right-back - Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Guillermo Varela have all had opportunities - so there can only be one winner here. 

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Centre-back: Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling may well have endured a tricky time at St James' Park on Tuesday, but the England international has arguably been the Red Devils' best player this season. The former Fulham man is quickly establishing himself as a leader for the Red Devils.

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Centre-back: Daley Blind

Sorry, Martin Skrtel, but Daley Blind has just about won this race. The notion that the Dutchman isn't good enough to operate at the heart of United's back-four has quickly been put to bed. He has his faults, of course, but he's actually enjoyed a very solid season. A master at reading the game and exceptional on the ball, Blind has surprised us all with his defensive qualities. 

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Left-back: Alberto Moreno 

Alberto Moreno is lucky that Luke Shaw isn't fit and firing or he probably wouldn't have a spot in this combined team. The Spaniard, 23, still has some doubters but he's starting to prove his credentials under the Jurgen Klopp regime. 

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Central-midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin 

Morgan Schneiderlin has made a steady start to life in Manchester but he certainly won't be resting on his laurels in pursuit of success. By no means has he set the world alight at Old Trafford, but you always know what you're going to get from the France international. His importance to the cause should grow over the coming months. 

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Central-midfield: Emre Can

At just 22-years-old, Emre Can is really starting to become quite the asset for the Reds. He has so much potential and should come to prominence under the guidance of Klopp. Technically gifted and a fine passer, Can has the ability to setup attacks and cause havoc in the middle of the park.

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Attacking-midfielder: Ander Herrera 

Ander Herrera actually gets in this team in front of his Manchester United teammate Juan Mata. Ultimately, Mata has struggled recently - he's failing to create or score goals at the moment - so Herrera deserves to take his place. It's certainly not surprising that Herrera is loved by the Manchester United support; he works extremely hard and has the skill and nous to speed up United's play. 

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Attacking-midfielder: Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has flattered to deceive at times this season, but his talent is there for all to see. The Brazilian playmaker has the attributes to become Liverpool's talisman and there's no reason why he won't be able to express himself throughout the second half of the campaign. He could - and should - score more goals for the Reds, however. 

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Attacking-midfielder: Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino still has a lot to learn, but he's certainly an exciting asset for Klopp to have at his disposal. One thing is for sure, he is a big-game player - his best performances    have come against Manchester City and Arsenal - so he clearly has the ability to prove himself week in, week out. 

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Striker: Anthony Martial 

Anthony Martial is already recognised as one of the most exciting young forwards in world football. The France international, of course, scored on his Manchester United debut against Liverpool, so he will be hoping to produce the goods once again on Sunday. 

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