Combined XI of Liverpool's current team and Man City's centurions based on stats

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Liverpool are on track to become the greatest Premier League team in history.

With 25 wins from their opening 26 games, Jurgen Klopp's men are bearing down on competition records that many football fans thought would never be beaten.

And the record for most points in a single season is definitely one of them, which is held by the 2017/18 Manchester City side that became the first team to reach 100 points.

Bearing in mind Liverpool currently have a projected points tally of 112 points, it would be fair to assume that Pep Guardiola will be surrendering the 'centurion' record to his biggest rivals.

However, just because you're objectively the best team in Premier League history, it doesn't necessarily mean you're the number ones when you look beyond the statistics.

2020 Liverpool vs 2018 Man City

And there are many people that would argue - Paul Scholes included - that City's 2017/18 romped their way to the trophy in far more entertaining fashion than the current Liverpool side.

We'll let you decide which brand of football tickles your fancy, but we've decided to put Liverpool's 2020 team and City's 2018 side against each other in the most unbiased way possible.

We've created a combined XI of the two teams based on their WhoScored.com average match ratings, calculated with over 20 data-sets, across the two seasons in question.

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Combined XI

Check out the final line-up down below and be sure to debate some of the surprises that feature:

GK: Alisson Becker - 6.86

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LB: Andrew Robertson - 7.18

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CB: Virgil van Dijk - 7.40

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CB: Nicolas Otamendi - 7.16

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RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7.40

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CDM - Fernandinho - 7.44

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CM - Kevin De Bruyne - 7.80

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CM - David Silva - 7.58

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RW - Raheem Sterling - 7.55

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ST - Sergio Aguero - 7.81

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LW - Leroy Sane - 7.54

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

I know there's only so much I can argue against maths and statistics, but I would personally make three changes to the team.

Although Otamendi was criminally underrated during the 'centurion' season, I would undoubtedly swap him out for Gomez considering the omnipotent partnership he's formed with Van Dijk.

Perhaps controversially, I'm going to keep the midfield exactly the same, but Sterling and Sane are getting the chop. 

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For my money, Salah and Mane have played better this season than either the Englishman or German, particularly the latter, did two years prior and I very nearly included Firmino for good measure.

If we take chemistry out of consideration, Aguero is by far the more prolific striker and would thrive at any club you airdropped him into, whereas the same can't be said for Firmino.

But regardless of the combined XI, I'll draw the line at 2020 Liverpool being the Premier League's greatest ever winners and 2018 City being the competition's greatest ever entertainers.

Jurgen Klopp is Presented with the Premier League Manager of the Month for January
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