Would any Liverpool players get into the Manchester City team?

first_img 3 Manchester City v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 21 November.Jurgen Klopp faces his biggest test yet in his short time in England as he takes his Liverpool side to title favourites and Premier League leaders Manchester City.But how well equipped is the German to deal with such a challenge? Is he walking into the lion’s den with nothing but a ball of string?Yes, Klopp is considered the better manager from his time with Borussia Dortmund, but just how many of his current Reds squad would get a look in under Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad?Raheem Sterling doesn’t seem to think many would, implying he is now working with much better players that he was at the Reds’ Melwood training ground following his £50m summer transfer.“I go into training every day and see the players of that calibre that I am work with – like Vinny [Vincent Kompany, Sergio [Aguero], David [Silva], Joe [Hart],” he said.“There is only one thing you can do and that is improve with players like that, who have been around for many years and achieving stuff.” 3 And Sterling may indeed have a point.Let’s compare the calibre of players. Joe Hart is the superior goalkeeper and what about the rest of the defence? It is unlikely Vincent Kompany is gazing longingly towards the Merseyside skyline, hoping for a centre back partner better than the ones he currently has.Liverpool fans will protest Nathanial Clyne, England’s first choice right back, deserves an inclusion in this combined XI. But is he better than Bacary Sagna, a player who has won the FA Cup, has been named in the PFA Team of the Year twice and played in the World Cup?Would he even make the bench ahead of two-time Premier League champion, and World Cup and Copa America runner-up, Pablo Zabaleta? Unlikely.But Liverpool fans knew that. Their strengths lie further up the field.However, a fully fit Jordan Henderson or Emre Can are not quite on the level of Yaya Toure or Fernandinho. James Milner was called upon many a time by Pellegrini during his spell in Manchester, and although he left on his own accord, if City had wanted to keep him, they would have. Philippe Coutinho? The Brazilian is undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player and one of the best no.10s in the Premier League. Nevertheless, David Silva is better.No player in the league, never mind in Klopp’s squad, would displace Sergio Aguero and on current form, the same can be said of Kevin De Bruyne.Therefore, Liverpool’s greatest strength in this fixture is their manager.For someone who has plotted the downfall of Bayern Munich and took Dortmund to an unlikely Champions League final, humbling Real Madrid en route, beating City should be more straightforward.And if Klopp is the mastermind his reputation leads us to believe, then it may not matter how many Liverpool players would get into a Manchester City side on paper.Pellegrini has the players, but come Saturday evening, we will see if Klopp has the brains to outmaneuver them.How many Liverpool players do you think would get into the Man City team? Let us know with a comment below. Would you have Philippe Coutinho over David Silva? 3last_img

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