Liverpool and Manchester City will attempt to win the first trophy in the domestic season when they clash in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Both sides wouldn’t have identified this competition as their priority at the start of the campaign but they will be both desperate to be celebrating come Sunday evening.
A couple of weeks ago, City were on course for the quadruple as they looked to give departing manager Manuel Pellegrini the perfect farewell.
But their season has started to unraval after they lost 2-1 in the huge title-clash against Tottenham - leaving them fourth - while an under-strength side was thrashed by Chelsea 5-1 in the FA Cup.
Liverpool are looking for their first trophy since 2012 when they won this competition on penalties against Cardiff.
A trophy for Klopp after just four months in charge would be the perfect way for him settle into his new club as he hopes to make the Reds successful again.
There’s no doubt there will be plenty of quality on show at Wembley and GMS thought look and hard before eventually picking our combined Liverpool and Manchester City XI. Hopefully this whets your appetite for the match on Sunday.
GOALKEEPER - JOE HART
Hart hasn’t been helped by the absence of City captain Vincent Kompany in front of him but there is no denying that he’s still a world class goalkeeper. To be fair, it’s not a difficult decision to select him over Simon Mignolet.
RIGHT-BACK - NATHANIEL CLYNE
Clyne has been solid, if not spectacular, at Anfield during this debut season. His fantastic pace means he can recover from any mistakes that he does make and he is often bombing forward down the wing to support the attack.
CENTRAL DEFENDER - VINCENT KOMPANY
It’s no coincidence that City looked so much better in midweek against Dynamo Kiev when they had Kompany in their defence. He’s more than just a defender, he’s a leader. City would no doubt be higher than fourth if he had been fit all season.
CENTRAL DEFENDER - MAMADOU SAKHO
Sakho has had a solid run in the Liverpool side this season and has, usually, impressed. His ability on the ball is highly underrated but, considering his height, he needs to be better in the air. Despite his inconsistencies, he’s still Liverpool’s best defender.
LEFT-BACK - ALBERTO MORENO
This decision was a tough one. Not because there are good players to choose from, but because all three players haven’t done enough this season. Aleksander Kolarov started the season well for City but has found himself benched for Gael Clichy recently. Moreno struggled at the beginning of the season but has steadily improved which is why he just about finds his way into our team.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - YAYA TOURE
Toure wins the award for the most frustrating player ever. He’s looked world class at times this season but, unfortunately for City, these times have been few and far between. For the majority of matches he walks around lazily looking like he hardly cares. Having said that, he’s capable of producing magic when it really matters and has the ability to win the match for City on Sunday.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - EMRE CAN
Can just edges out his club captain Jordan Henderson and City’s Fernandinho to steal the second central midfield position. At the age of just 22, Can has the potential to go on and become a world-class player. He’s fantastic on the ball but he needs to make sure he’s even better off it on Sunday to deal with the opposition's midfield.
ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - DAVID SILVA
Another player that hasn’t been at his very best this campaign but he’s still capable of magic. The left-footed wizard is a joy to watch when he’s in the mood and will be buoyed by scoring just his third goal of the season against Kiev.
ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - PHILIPPE COUTINHO
A player that is very similar to Silva when he’s got the ball. Those two in the same team would be an absolute pleasure to watch. Coutinho’s ball control is unreal at times and he’s got the ability to unlock any defence. He is key if Liverpool are to win on Sunday.
ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - RAHEEM STERLING
This won’t be a very popular decision amongst Liverpool fans but he warrants a place ahead of Roberto Firmino. Signed in controversial circumstances in the summer, Sterling's City career can hardly be described as successful but Liverpool will fear his pace on Sunday. Imagine if he scores the winner…
STRIKER - SERGIO AGUERO
What a player he has been for Manchester City over the past four-and-a-half seasons. Daniel Sturridge may be back to full fitness but even in his prime, he doesn’t compare to Aguero. Stop Aguero and Liverpool have a fantastic chance of winning the cup. But stopping him is easier said than done.
What do you think our our combined XI? What would your XI be? Let us know in the comments box below!
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