MARTIN KEOWN: Liverpool take on mid-table Manchester United… and Harry Maguire is the only Red Devil in my combined XI
- Times have changed in the meeting between two of England’s elite teams
- One side will head into the weekend comfortably top of the Premier League
- But the other will instead walk out at Old Trafford stuck in mid-table obscurity
- Harry Maguire is the only Manchester United player in my combined XI
This was once billed as a meeting between two of England’s most elite teams, a titanic clash of talent, but times have changed.
The other will walk out at Old Trafford sitting mid-table, having fallen from glory at an alarming rate.
Harry Maguire is the only Manchester United player to make a combined XI for the two sides
Of the United players available on Sunday, only Harry Maguire makes my combined XI.
There were rumours over the international break about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing his job if United lose. Does he deserve more time? Is he the man to oversee this rebuild?
Klopp certainly was at Anfield. The German finished eighth in his first season after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.
Four years later, eight of my combined XI were signed or brought through by him.
The exceptions are Jordan Henderson, who joined from Sunderland in 2011, and Roberto Firmino, who signed from Hoffenheim in 2015. Klopp helped turn Liverpool into the title-chasers and Champions League-winners they are.
Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into title-chasers and Champions League winners