Man City v Liverpool Preview - David James
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Man City v Liverpool Preview - David James

Former England No1 David James says he wouldn’t put Mohamed Salah in a combined Manchester City and Liverpool line-up. Reds right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was also left out, though the Merseysiders’ new arrival Luis Diaz makes the cut. The former City and Liverpool stopper also picked the Reds’ No1 over his old club’s keeper.


Combined Man City - Liverpool XI

Speaking exclusively to Genting, James said: "I've put Alisson above Ederson based on the fact that Alisson has had more to do. 

"If you take into consideration how important Alisson has been in keeping clean sheets and stopping in the last few months.

"I think in the last few games Ederson's kicked the ball over the halfway line twice. 

"I'd have Robertson at left-back over Joao Cancelo as he doesn't shoot as much and therefore doesn't give the ball away as much.

"I'd have [Ruben Dias] and Virgil van Dijk [at centre-back]. 

"I'd go Kyle Walker [at right-back] and the reason being is that there's going to be a lot of space and he'll need to get back and defend.

"I love Trent Alexander-Arnold going forward and he's a decent defender, but I'd just edge Walker over him.

"I'll go with all of the City midfield, so Rodri, KDB and Bernardo Silva in midfield.

"I'd go Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Luis Diaz up front, so no Mo Salah!

"But if you ask me again in half an hour, I'd probably say a completely different team!"

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Premier League Week 32

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Premier League Week 32

Salah Future Still Unsure

James feels Salah, who has scored 28 goals and registered 10 assists for Liverpool across all competitions, could choose to leave Anfield if the right offer is made.

The Egyptian’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 and negotiations are ongoing over a new deal. But the Reds are reluctant to break their wage structure to meet the 29-year-old’s demands.

"Mo Salah could consider his options if a big offer comes calling elsewhere, but the success factor at Liverpool should sway him," James said.

"Liverpool will not cut Mo Salah short so far as their business model goes. They know that Salah is worth a certain price and if everyone accepts that and he signs, everyone's happy.

"If Mo Salah doesn't accept that and wants more money, then I think he'll have to go somewhere else which will be frustrating as he loves the club.

"He'll undoubtedly be the highest-paid player and hopefully the success of being at Liverpool outweighs any improvement in the contract offer.

"Tell me another club in the world who has a better attraction than Liverpool football club?"

Man City Or Liverpool?

Liverpool and City are vying for the Premier League title this season, with the latter just one point clear at the top after 30 games.

James speculated about the pair’s chances of winning the league ahead of their crunch clash at the Etihad.

"Man City vs Liverpool is huge, but I wouldn't call it a title decider as there's still eight games left," James added.

"I can't say it's a title decider because there are still eight games.

"I think it depends who wins. On the simple basis that if Liverpool win, it's difficult to see them losing the title.

"We always have to use the past as an indicator. If you look at them a couple years ago, they were on a 18-game winning streak, they're capable of going all the way until the end of the season and winning all their games.

"I was at the Atletico Madrid game and I also went to [the] two Chelsea matches this season, I know City are capable of suffocating teams and they could do it against Liverpool."






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