Fan vote reveals top 10 Liverpool and Man Utd players - Ronaldo only 3rd

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Tonight sees Manchester United and Liverpool meet in the Premier League for the 49th time.

Over the 24 years the two rivals have been competing in the division, a whole host of star players have appeared on both sides of the divide. From Gerrard and Fowler, to Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, United and Liverpool have been home for some of the league's all-time greats.

But, when it comes down to it, just which team has had the better players down the years? That's the question Sky Sports posed ahead of tonight's game. And, after hundreds of thousands of votes, the top 10 has been revealed.

10 | Robbie Fowler | Liverpool | 25,000 votes

One of Liverpool's most iconic strikers, Fowler scored 128 Premier League goals during two spells at the Merseyside club.

Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp recently included him in their Liverpool XI of the Premier League era.

9 | David Beckham | Manchester United | 26,000 votes

Amongst the most famous players to wear Manchester United's number seven shirt, the former England captain was a mainstay on the right wing at Old Trafford for a decade.

While eight players may have ranked higher in the fan vote, Beckham may possess the best right foot of any of the top 10.

8 | Fernando Torres | Liverpool | 27,000 votes

Torres may have flopped at Chelsea but for a few years at Anfield he was one of the most lethal strikers in all of Europe.

The Spanish striker maintained a better than a goal-per-game average in the league during his four seasons at Liverpool - scoring 65 goals in 102 games.

7 | Eric Cantona | Manchester United | 27,000 votes

Cantona pips Torres by fewer than 1,000 fan votes, and the Frenchman is certainly amongst the most outspoken on this list.

While some fans may remember him for that kung-fu kick versus Crystal Palace, Cantona was a phenomenal talent who mixed power with finesse to become one of the first great forwards of the Ferguson era.

6 | Xabi Alonso | Liverpool | 29,000 votes

Even United fans would have to admit that there have been few better passers of the ball in the Premier League era than Alonso.

The Spaniard thrived during Rafa Benitez's time at Anfield and has gone on to show his quality at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

5 | Ryan Giggs | Manchester United | 31,000 votes

Another player who could easily find himself in a top 10 list of any Premier League player, not just those of a Liverpool or Man Utd persuasion.

Whether flying down the left wing in his heyday, or keeping control of midfield in the twilight of his career, Giggs was the definition of a one-club man.

4 | Paul Scholes | Manchester United | 36,000 votes

Scholes is the second member of the famous 'Class of '92' to appear in the top 10, and the second highest ranked United player, too.

With a passing range similar to Alonso and a long-range shot capable of beating any 'keeper, there wasn't much the midfielder couldn't do. Except, maybe, tackle.

3 | Cristiano Ronaldo | Manchester United | 39,000 votes

Considering he is regularly touted as the best player in the world, it is perhaps a little surprising that Ronaldo doesn't crack the top two here.

That's especially true when you consider what the Portuguese achieved in the Premier League. His 31 goal campaign in 2007-08 will last long in the memory.

2 | Luis Suarez | Liverpool | 40,000 votes

Suarez only spent four years with Liverpool but, in that time, he rose from a relatively unknown striker to one Barcelona were willing to part with over £60 million to get hold of.

In his final two years in the league, in particular, there was no more feared striker playing in England.

1 | Steven Gerrard | Liverpool | 49,000 votes

Stevie G had to appear on this list somewhere - even if Man United fans wouldn't agree - and, finishing 9,000 votes better off than Suarez, the long-time Liverpool captain has romped home.

Although he never lifted the Premier League title, Gerrard was consistently amongst the best midfielders playing in the league each and every year. His role as a leader for Liverpool is also unrivaled in the club's Premier League era.

For anyone counting, that is five players apiece for the two clubs, with United edging it in the top five but Liverpool grabbing the top two spots.

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