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Jamie Carragher has hailed Thiago Alcantara as a ‘special talent’ and picked him ahead of Paul Pogba in his combined Liverpool and Manchester United XI, as he told Sky Sports.

Liverpool host table-toppers Manchester United today in a mouthwatering title affair at Anfield.

Purchased from Bayern Munich in the summer, previously injury and COVID-hit, Thiago has only started two Premier League matches, but he will be looking to make it three against Man United today.

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Ahead of the game, Carragher was picking his combined Liverpool-Manchester United XI and he shared why Thiago got into his team ahead of the £89 million World Cup winner [BBC Sport].

“He is a Champions League winner, at this moment with Bayern Munich,” said Carragher. “I am not picking him for what he has done for Liverpool because he hasn’t done enough.

“I do think he’s a special talent. I am possibly picking him for what he’s done for Bayern and Barcelona for the last few years. I think he’s won nine titles in the last ten years.

“He has always been at the dominant club. Hopefully, that continues this season and it’s eleven in ten. I just went for him there. I don’t want to get into the Pogba situation.

“But I think Thiago sits there, controls the game and Henderson, so I would like those two midfielders there. Bit of organisation.”

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It is going to be some midfield battle at Anfield because if Thiago starts, he will be up against two in-form players.

Whilst Pogba may come off the left, he will be looking to run the show, alongside Bruno Fernandes, who has transformed the Old Trafford club since his move last January.

But with Thiago an expert at dictating the speed of the game and ensuring his forward players are fed the ball, it will be interesting to see how the game pans out because it says 0-0 all over it.

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