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Darts sensation Luke Littler has named his combined Manchester United and Liverpool XI, and he’s left out some big names…

The 17-year-old is an avid Red Devils fan and will be looking forward to their blockbuster clash against the Reds later on today.

Bruno Fernandes over Alexis Mac Allister and Rasmus Hojlund ahead of Darwin Nunez – Luke Littler names combined Man United and Liverpool XI

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Littler is a lifelong Man United fanCredit: Getty

In the build-up to the game, Littler was asked by BBC Sport to name his combined line-up from the two rivals.

His expertise is of course with darts, however, he gave his best shot at selecting a player in each position, even if there was a slight bias towards his beloved Red Devils.

Starting in goal, though, ‘The Nuke’ went against Andre Onana as he admitted: “I hate to say it, but Alisson.”

Next up was right-back and Littler was faced with a decision between Diogo Dalot and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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And he picked Dalot ‘based on this season’ in a choice that will lead to some questions from Liverpool fans – not that he will care!

At centre-back, Littler chose Virgil van Dijk over Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire over Jarrel Quansah.

Before the teenager picked Andy Robertson over Man United left-back Luke Shaw.

In midfield, Kobbie Mainoo was chosen over Wataru Endo in a decision that Littler said he would make ‘all day’.

Littler has picked his combined XI ahead of the blockbuster

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Littler has picked his combined XI ahead of the blockbuster

Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai then got the nod over Scott McTominay in Littler’s combined team.

And despite Alexis Mac Allister‘s superb form this season, he of course preferred Red Devils captain Bruno Fernandes, making it two No.8s in the line-up.

Alejandro Garnacho starts on the wing instead of Luis Diaz, with Mohamed Salah beating out Marcus Rashford.

Finally, Littler was posed with a tough decision up front as he had to pick between Rasmus Hojlund and Darwin Nunez.

But even though Nunez has four more goals than Hojlund in the Premier League this season, it’s the Man United man who leads the line.

Littler’s team includes six United players and five Liverpool which is a fair split from the Red Devils fan.

Although a few of his picks are likely to cause some debate between fans ahead of their meeting this afternoon.

He’ll be hoping for a better result than the last-gasp 4-3 defeat to Chelsea that made his Premier League night 10 win bittersweet on Thursday evening.





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