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1-11 in the Premier League redux, Part 3

1-11 in the Premier League redux, Part 3

You know the drill by this stage, we’re examining how the Premier League teams would look if they picked the players numbered 1-11. Next up, the middle four alphabetically:

Liverpool

2014-15

  1. Brad Jones
  2. Glen Johnson
  3. José Enrique
  4. Kolo Touré
  5. Dejan Lovren
  6. Steven Gerrard
  7. Rickie Lambert
  8. Philippe Coutinho
  9. Oussama Assaidi

No numbers 5 or 7, but the way the rest of the players are allows us to put those numbers in historically appropriate locations for Liverpool (4-4-2 might have been better but Brendan Rodgers does tend to prefere 4-2-3-1 and the number 7 often played just off 9 in the great ‘Pool teams).

Switch 2 with 4 and 8 with 11 and it’s like Kenny Dalglish assigned the numbers.

Manchester City

2014-15

  1. Joe Hart
  2. Micah Richards
  3. Bacary Sagna
  4. Vincent Kompany
  5. Pablo Zabaleta
  6. Fernando
  7. James Milner
  8. Samir Nasri
  9. Alvaro Negredo
  10. Edin Dzeko
  11. Aleksandar Kolarov

We could have gone 4-4-2, with Sagna at right-back, Zabaleta left-back and Kolarov on the wing, but Kolarov is more of a defender, though two right-backs in a back three distorts the balance slightly.

Manchester United

2014-15

  1. David de Gea
  2. Rafael
  3. Luke Shaw
  4. Phil Jones
  5. Marcos Rojo
  6. Jonny Evans
  7. Angel di Maria
  8. Juan Mata
  9. Radamel Falcao
  10. Wayne Rooney
  11. Adnan Januzaj

Pretty perfect numbering for this formation (apart from 5 and 6 the wrong way round), though if United were to ever line up like this it could be 6-5. You’d need a couple of good defenders and mid-2000s Michael Essien instead of Jones.

Could have gone with three at the back but then there’d be no midfield at all. W-M, perhaps?

Newcastle United

2014-15

  1. Tim Krul
  2. Fabricio Coloccini
  3. Davide Santon
  4. Ryan Taylor
  5. Mike Williamson
  6. Moussa Sissoko
  7. Vurnon Anita
  8. Papiss Demba Cissé
  9. Siem de Jong
  10. Yoan Gouffran

The lack of a 5 is a help in terms of making a playable formation, and while it’s not the ideal place to put it, Ruel Fox did wear that number while playing as a winger for the Toon. Coloccini likes 2 as he’s Argentinean and luckily the others fall into that system.

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1-11 in the Premier League redux, Part 3