Phil Thompson names his Liverpool and Tottenham combined XI; two surprise absentees

Phil Thompson during the Liverpool FC Legends Tour Pre-match press conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Durban, South Africa.

Liverpool will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday.

In this handout image provided by the ITM Group, Phil Thompson attends the Liverpool FC Legends Tour Pre-match press conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Durban,...

Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson named six Spurs players in his combined Tottenham and Liverpool XI, ahead of the two sides' clash against each other on Sunday, when writing a column for Sky Sports.

The game at Anfield should be a thrilling contest, with both teams desperate for all three points.

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Liverpool currently sit in third position in the Premier League table, two points and two places clear of Tottenham, and neither side can really afford to lose, if they harbour genuine ambitions of finishing inside the top four.

Jürgen Klopp's men and Mauricio Pochettino's side are widely considered as two of the best sides in the league, especially going forward, they have some of the most exciting players in Europe amongst their ranks.

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Phil Thompson faced the unenviable task of choosing a combined Tottenham and Liverpool XI, when writing a column for Sky Sports, and he had to leave some top players out:

The north London outfit can leapfrog the Merseysiders with a victory at Anfield on Sunday, so Klopp's men will be very much aware of the importance of not losing to Pochettino's side.

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