The Premier League’s first place and second place team face off this weekend, with champions Liverpool hosting top of the table Manchester United at Anfield.
United’s 1-0 win over Burnley saw them go three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table, with Jurgen Klopp’s side opening the door for United having failed to win any other their last three league matches, including a 0-1 defeat against Southampton on January 4.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been excellent away from home in the Premier League this season, having won 11 of their last 12 matches away from home, but with Liverpool having not lost at home since April 2017, a run of 46 matches, United’s title credentials will face their sternest test yet this weekend.
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Ahead of this huge game between these historic rivals, there’s little doubt that publications up and down the country will be formulating the best combined Liverpool and Man United XI ahead of the game, based on opinion and/or stats.
But, what would a Liverpool and Man United combined XI look like based purely off FIFA 21 player ratings? Scroll down to find out.
Liverpool and Man United combined FIFA 21 XI
First, some ground rules. Firstly, players who are likely to be unavailable for this weekend’s game haven’t been considered, which rules out Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and more.
Also, the below Liverpool and Man United combined FIFA 21 XI has been based purely off FIFA 21 Career Mode ratings, not FIFA 21 Ultimate Team ratings, as players are restricted to certain positions on that game mode.
These ratings on FIFA 21 are accurate as of the latest player database update, which was released on January 11 for Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
So, without further ado, here’s the Liverpool and Man United combined FIFA 21 XI.
GK: Alisson (Liverpool) – 90
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 87
CB: Fabinho ( Liverpool ) – 87
CB: Harry Maguire (Man United) – 81
LB: Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – 87
CDM: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – 86
CM: Bruno Fernandes (Man United) – 88
CM: Paul Pogba (Man United) – 86
RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 90
CF: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 86
LW: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 90
Without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez or Joel Matip, Fabinho has to move into the centre of defence for this strongest combined XI, otherwise, Fabinho would have to go into midfield and one of Eric Bailly (79) or Victor Lindelof (79) would have to be included, making the overall team weaker.
The likes of David De Gea (86), Marcus Rashford (85), Georginio Wijnaldum (85), Thiago (85), Edinson Cavani (84), Alex Telles (84) and Anthony Martial (83) are some of the players who miss out.
*FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the next generation version of the game set to be released on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5 on December 4, 2020.
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