Premier League XI: Best of the red shirts

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This is a team comprised of the best players of the 2013/14 season from the Premier League who play for clubs whose home kit is red. There are two players from Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton along with five players from Liverpool.

The team is set in a formation of 3-5-2 as many of the teams standout performers came from the attacking-minded players, while there is a slightly strange choice for the left centre-back position. 

GK: David de Gea, Manchester United

The Spaniard is developing into a fine goalkeeper. This season he has so far managed to keep 12 clean sheets and made some crucial saves to keep United going. Ryan Giggs recently stated that David De Gea is the only United player who is in better form than during last year's title winning season.

RCB: Martin Skrtel, Liverpool 

A driving force in Liverpool's back line, Martin Skrtel has been a rock in the heart of the Reds defence, he has held the line well along with several different partners at centre-back and has also remained a constant threat with this aerial ability going forward. Skrtel picked up eight clean sheets and seven goals in what has been a very impressive season from the Slovakian. 

CB: Per Mertesacker, Arsenal

Per Mertesacker has had a very impressive season this year with Arsenal. The German has been instrumental in keeping 15 clean sheets this season and has also picked up two goals. A very solid defender, his height advantage makes him almost unbeatable in the air whether it be defensive or attacking wise.

LCB: Luke Shaw, Southampton

Obviously this is slightly cheating here as Luke Shaw plays at left-back however the youngster from Southampton had to be included in this team and this was the only way to fit him in.

At just the age of 18, it has been a break out season for Shaw who made it onto the PFA Team of the Season and recently managed to break into the England World Cup squad.

Attracting attention from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for some time now, Shaw is an increasingly bright talent in English football. Both solid defensively and a danger going forward, Shaw has helped keep 13 clean sheets for Southampton this season. 

CM: Steven Gerrard, Liverpool

An impressive yet disappointing season for the Liverpool captain who came so close to lifting the Premier League trophy. An unfortunate mistake against Chelsea allowed for many criticisms however Steven Gerrard's season was the total opposite of that costly mistake. The England Captain, who made it into the PFA Team of the Season, played a pivotal role both defensively and attacking wise as he managed 13 goals, 15 assists and helped keep 8 clean sheets. 

CM: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey's very bright start was sadly ended due to injury, but nonetheless he is a must for this team. Despite missing 14 games, Ramsey has still managed to score nine goals this season, picking up nine assists and helping keep 10 clean sheets. He produced his best goalscoring season for Arsenal just eight games into the campaign.

The Welshman has certainly proved his critics wrong this season with his powerhouse displays and will hope to play the whole of next season and make himself a serious candidate for the team of the season. 

RAM: Raheem Sterling, Liverpool

Nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Season award, Raheem Sterling is an absolutely brilliant talent. The English forward has been in scintillating form, breaking down opposition defenders with the incredible speed and control he has on the ball. Sterling is certainly going to be a very important player for Liverpool.

CAM: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Other than De Gea, I believe that Wayne Rooney has been United's star performer this season. The Red Devils have often depended on the Englishman and he has lived up to the pressure that others have put on him. Without a fully functioning team around him, Rooney has still managed 17 goals and 12 assists this season, but will certainly look to improve on this next season.

LAM: Adam Lallana, Southampton

A sensational season for the Saints Captain who has secured his place in the England World Cup squad and is being chased by high calibre clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United.

Adam Lallana managed to score nine goals and pick up nine assists in a season which has seen him shine for the south coast club.

Lallana could be one of England's key players at the World Cup after proving his abilities on the national side on his debut against Chile where he looked to be the best player on the field for the three lions. 

ST: Luis Suarez, Liverpool

What a season Luis Suarez has had after missing the first six games of the season which has seen him do even better than last season. The PFA Player of the Year and Team of the Year inclusion has managed 30 goals and 25 assists season, making him the absolute stand out player of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

He lit up Anfield with numerous hat-tricks and was crucial to the Reds securing a 2nd place finish and automatic champions league qualification. 

ST: Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

The league's runner-up for the Golden Boot who was included in the PFA Team of the Year, was crucial to Liverpool's early success in the season and stats show his goals earned more points for Liverpool than team-mate Luis Suarez's goals did.

The English striker who has been a revelation since joining Liverpool from Chelsea, scored 22 goals and set up his team-mates eight times. One half of the SAS combo, Sturridge could have his mind set on looking to win the Golden Boot next season. 

Bench: Simon Mignolet, Dejan Lovren, Laurent Koscielney, Steven Caulker, Jordan Henderson, Mesut Ozil, Rickie Lambert

This selection is subject to personal opinion and I would be glad to here your comments bellow as to who you would pick for this Red XI. 

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