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Liverpool v Man Utd: Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic make Phil Thompson's best XI

Phil Thompson picks his Liverpool v Man Utd XI

We challenged Phil Thompson to pick his best XI from Liverpool and Manchester United's squads ahead of their Monday Night Football showdown.

Jurgen Klopp's men go into the Sky Live clash ahead of their great rivals in the Premier League table, United two places behind in sixth having won just one of their last four games but bidding for their third straight win at Anfield.

But how many Manchester United players make it into the Liverpool legend's XI? Read on to find out who features in a 4-2-3-1 formation...

Thommo's tips
Thommo's tips

Find out what Thommo is tipping up at 30/1 for Liverpool v Man Utd here.



Manchester United win the first contest quite easily as David de Gea is one of their best players, whereas Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet are still battling it out for the No 1 spot. De Gea's turnaround after not going to Real Madrid has been an absolute godsend for United.

David De Gea celebrates after Manchester United go 1-0 up at Old Traffford
Image: David De Gea is a key man for Manchester United, says Thommo


Both teams have their vulnerabilities defensively, as we've seen over the first seven games. However, James Milner has been absolutely brilliant since stepping in for Alberto Moreno so I'd rather have Liverpool's full-backs right now.

Luke Shaw might get in if he was fully fit and playing regularly but I'd have Milner over Daley Blind, while I'm a big fan of Nathaniel Clyne

Chris Smalling Joe Hart not worried about England's defence
Image: Chris Smalling deserves an England start, thinks the Soccer Saturday pundit
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In the middle I'd pair Dejan Lovren with Chris Smalling, whom I can't believe isn't starting with John Stones for England. People have been talking about the next England captain and I would have thought he should not only be starting ahead of Gary Cahill but also considered for that role.

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Central midfielders

I've gone for a 4-2-3-1 but this could easily end up like a 4-1-4-1 with the way Paul Pogba roams forward. I'd have him alongside Jordan Henderson, who would have to play a very disciplined role.

Paul Pogba looks on as Watford players celebrate at Vicarage Road
Image: Paul Pogba has admitted he is still trying to adapt at Old Trafford

Attacking midfielders

Here's where Liverpool's real strength is and as offensive players they're probably the strongest attacking midfielders in the league. They are like the red arrows, the way they interchange with pace and creativity.

They get into what I call the magic zone - between the opposition's midfield and defence - getting into those really dangerous positions, with the quality to exploit.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Roberto Firmino
Image: Coutinho and Firmino: Part of the league's best attacking midfield?

I've gone for Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino but Adam Lallana is unlucky to miss out. Who from Manchester United would get in ahead of them? Marcus Rashford is obviously quick and has tremendous potential but he's only just breaking into their first team.


Daniel Sturridge has done okay but he's been in and out and I just think Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the biggest danger to Liverpool's defence. Him peeling off onto the far post against the likes of Clyne and Milner from set-pieces will be a real area of concern.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot
Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could trouble Liverpool in the air, thinks Thommo

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