Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have selected their Premier League teams of the season so far, with the campaign almost at the halfway point.
On Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, both pundits revealed their XIs after 17 games with just one Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United player making their line-ups.
Seven players feature in both sides, with five Chelsea players, Liverpool’s Adam Lallana and Virgil van Dijk of Southampton earning their places.
Carragher’s only Arsenal selection was 14-goal frontman Alexis Sanchez, which meant no place for 16-goal Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Carragher discussed his XI, starting with the “surprise selection” of Jordan Pickford in goal.
“I’ve gone with maybe a surprise selection in goal with Jordan Pickford at Sunderland,” he said. “The reason I’ve gone for him is, besides Jermain Defoe, he is maybe Sunderland’s most important player and I can’t really say that about another keeper in the league.
“The rest was fairly straightforward. I don’t think the defending has been great, so there’s no surprise I’ve got two Chelsea players there. I think Azpilicueta is the best defender in the league and if there was any full-back in the league I’d want in my team it would be Azpilicueta. You know what you are getting week in and week out.
“David Luiz has been outstanding and deserves to be there and I think Van Dijk is the next big-money signing from Southampton.”
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Neville selected just one United player – Ibrahimovic – and one Man City star – Fernandinho: “My team is dominated by Chelsea with three out of the back five.
“In midfield I have gone for Fernandinho alongside Kante because he has been excellent in central midfield for Manchester City.
“It was Lallana, Mane or De Bruyne on the right. I couldn’t decide between those three, but I went for Lallana because I felt he shaded it.
“Hazard is a no-brainer and I went for Ibrahimovic and Costa up front.”