Michael Owen has picked a combined Liverpool and Manchester City front three on Robbie Savage’s BBC Sports Breakfast Show, leaving out Manchester City’s all-time top goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
Liverpool play host to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon in a crucial match that could have a huge impact on the race for the Premier League title. Liverpool are six points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side after 11 league games.
Jurgen Klopp has built a side that won the Champions League, and finished second last season with a record-points total of 97 points. Indeed, Liverpool’s front three is a crucial part of that in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.
But Manchester City also boast a stunning attack in Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and more. Asked for his combined front three, Owen picked Mane, Firmino and Sterling – leaving out Salah and Aguero.
“How on earth do you pick? They’re all world class, it would be interesting to see what Klopp or Guardiola would pick. It would have to be Sadio Mane on the left, Raheem Sterling on the right and i think I’ll go with Roberto Firmino,” Owen said.
TBR’s view – Did Owen pick right?
Salah has been excellent over the last couple of seasons and although he has scored eight goals in 16 games – the Egyptian has maybe dropped a gear compared to his very recent form. Leaving Salah out is the right decision, for Sterling.
It is hard to ignore Mane. The Senegal international is probably Liverpool’s most in-form attacker right now, with 10 goals and five assists in 16. But looking over Aguero, in place of Firmino, is a surprise.