What a way to finish a crazy year of Premier League football, as two of the teams chasing down Chelsea meet at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.
Liverpool and Manchester City are second and third in the league respectively, and both are desperate for a victory to keep themselves within touching distance of the top.
Here, Sportsmail assembles a combined XI from the two Premier League heavyweights ahead of their meeting on Saturday night.
Jurgen Klopp (left) and Pep Guardiola are preparing for a huge league game on New Year’s Eve
GOALKEEPER – CLAUDIO BRAVO, MANCHESTER CITY
It was either Bravo, or Simon Mignolet or Larius Karius. If Jurgen Klopp cannot decide which one he wants to select on a Saturday, then we weren’t prepared to pick either of them here.
RIGHT BACK – NATHANIEL CLYNE, LIVERPOOL
Clyne has played every minute of the Premier League so far this season. The full back is among the first names on the team sheet under Klopp. He’s beaten Bacary Sagna here.
Claudio Bravo has made his fair share of mistakes this season but he makes the cut in our team
CENTRE BACK – JOHN STONES, MAN CITY
The centre back that is never far away from criticism – or a reminder of how he cost £50million. Guardiola sees something in ball-playing Stones and here he’s one of our central defenders.
CENTRE BACK – DEJAN LOVREN, LIVERPOOL
Alongside him is Liverpool’s Lovren, who is starting to show why £20m was spent on him. His form was used to mock him after he signed but now his performance levels have lifted.
Dejan Lovren (left) and Nathaniel Clyne feature for Liverpool as the defence is split in two
LEFT BACK – GAEL CLICHY, MAN CITY
Clichy or James Milner AKA Mr Utility. Liverpool are using Milner at left back but it isn’t completely natural. We prefer Clichy, who can be solid on his day.
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD – FERNANDINHO, MAN CITY
City’s top-class defensive midfielder. The 31-year-old knows how to win back the ball, keep their passing game going, and get forward. Any team would be lucky to have him.
Fernandinho is chosen as the midfield enforcer for his consistent excellence in City colours
RIGHT WING – SADIO MANE, LIVERPOOL
His pace is a potent threat to any team. Mane is on his way to his greatest season in England so far as one of the key men in Klopp’s attack. Sorry, Raheem Sterling – you miss out.
CENTRE MIDFIELD – DAVID SILVA, MAN CITY
City’s magician. Silva has taken to Guardiola’s arrival and the 30-year-old, who has already won two titles in Manchester, will be key if City are to take home a third this season.
Sadio Mane (centre) is enjoying his best season in England after moving to Anfield
CENTRE MIDFIELD – PHILIPPE COUTINHO, LIVERPOOL
How can you not have Coutinho in your team? The Liverpool attacker is a game-changer and wanted by Barcelona. All this sees Adam Lallana miss out, despite his fantastic form this season.
LEFT WING – KEVIN DE BRUYNE, MAN CITY
There’s no room for Roberto Firmino in this list unfortunately. Here on the left we have De Bruyne, whose goals and assists make him a magnificent playmaker for City. Arguably their best player in 2016.
Sergio Aguero is one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers, and leads the line in our team
STRIKER – SERGIO AGUERO, MAN CITY
One of the Premier League’s greatest strikers, whose goals have won them two titles so far. The Argentine had to sit out City’s last three games and should be raring to return against Liverpool.
COMBINED STARTING LINE-UP (4-1-4-1): Claudio Bravo, Nathaniel Clyne, John Stones, Dejan Lovren, Gael Clichy, Fernandinho, Sadio Mane, David Silva, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero
TOTAL: LIVERPOOL – 4, MANCHESTER CITY – 7