Wednesday 21 March 2018

Liverpool/Spurs combined XI: Does Daniel Sturridge or Harry Kane make it?

Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge
Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge

Niall O'Leary

Tonight's clash between Spurs and Liverpool at Anfield is a mouthwatering prospect but which team has the edge when we combine the side's to pick our best XI.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

The French shot-stopper, renowned for his bravery, takes the spot over Simon Mignolet due to his consistency, or Mignolet's lack of.

Quick off his line, reliable in the air, Lloris is between the sticks.

Hugo Lloris wants to see more of Spurs as an attacking threat against Chelsea

Left back: Danny Rose

A position where both sides are experimenting with youngsters - Danny Rose and Alberto Moreno are a close match - I went with Rose due to his defensive ability. Moreno often gets stranded too far up the field leaving the defence vulnerable to counterattacks.

Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur exchanges words with Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane

Centre Half Pairing: Martin Skrtel and Jan Vertonghen

Skrtel and Vertonghan make the cut. Both players are the only real definitive starters in their sides ever-changing defences. They are both more experienced than other youngsters such as Eric Dier and better on the ball than the likes of Sakho.

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool FC
Jan Vertonghen accepts Spurs must not repeat their poor second-half showing in Greece


Right back: Kyle Walker

Often providing lethal crosses for Spurs, Walker's sheer pace makes him a danger to even the top teams. His positional sense is good and is rarely caught out. A clear winner for the right back slot. Glen Johnson has been out of sorts for a very long time.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker is adamant there will again be no compromise in his approach as he faces his old club Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup semi-final. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Holding midfielder: Jordan Henderson

The young workhorse has given Liverpool a base in the midfield from which to attack. Often criticised for his lack of footballing ability, Henderson makes up for it in his work ethic and would be the perfect partner for his compatriot Steven Gerrard in the middle of the field.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at Anfield

Holding midfielder: Steven Gerrard

Losing out on his regular first-team spot this season, Gerrard confirmed his move to MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of this campaign. However his passing ability is still first class and he can still split a defence with one of his trademark long diagonals. A touch of class in the midfield, the English Pirlo has Henderson to cover for his decreasing athletic ability.

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Goodison Park

Attacking midfielder: Christian Eriksen

The Danish playmaker has turned miracle worker numerous times this season to dig Spurs out of desperate situations.

Eriksen has covered more ground than any other player in the league this season and when you work that hard you're destined to catch a few breaks to go with his undoubted ability.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates with team mates after their Capital One Cup semi final second leg soccer match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane

Attacking midfielder: Phillipe Coutinho

Arguably the best dribbler in the league, his nimble feet can beat defenders at will and are a nightmare for your typical English centre half. Coutinho is yet to hit the highs of last season but with Sturridge back in the side he should return to form.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring the winner against Bolton in their FA Cup fourth round replay

Attacking midfielder: Raheem Sterling

After Suarez left for sunny Barcelona, a lot of the expectation was passed on to Sterling with Sturridge on the injury list. The England international has settled in well up top and caused havoc with his blistering pace. With Kane's power and Sterling's pace the couple would be a lethal combination up top.

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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Striker: Harry Kane

Kane has come into his own this season, raking up a colossal 24 goals in all competitions. His double in the North London derby at the weekend brought him up to 12 Premier league goals from 10 starts, the shining light in Spurs team this season and the catalyst for their Top Four push.

Harry Kane was the star of the show for Tottenham once again.

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