Carragher names his XI of the Premier League season so far


"A great defensive record under Mauricio Pochettino".

So, as you can probably imagine, picking an XI from the 2017/18 season could be hard so early on.

Though a surprise pick, recent performances give context to the choice.

"I think Alderweireld last season was the outstanding centre-back", said Carragher.

"Alongside him his mate wasn't far behind him, Vertonghen".

Much expected names, to be fair.

Right-back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)'His Chelsea team play a slightly different system with three at the back, but Azpilicueta has to go in there as he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League'.

Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday and, though Dalglish believes the league is a more level playing field following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, he says Arsenal have been left behind.

A surprise name on the list, as the Brazilian has missed nearly half of the league fixtures this season.

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"The standout player at the start of this season".

Centre midfield: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)'The defensive player in the middle.

Despite agreeing a two-year extension with the club in the summer, Arsene Wenger's side looks set to lose several key players this season which will set them back quite a bit.

With the lethal attacking lineup the Citizens are sporting this season, and his stunning form, De Bruyne's name is more or less expected.

This seems like the last year Arsenal will have Alexis and Ozil together and really it's down to the club stagnating over the last few years and not really challenging for titles and Champions League's, something the best players want to do.

Undoubtedly one of the best players in England, the Belgian has only gotten better under Antonio Conte.

While the Gunners did win the FA Cup last season for a record 13th time, Dalglish feels the north London side have fallen behind their rivals. "He adds goals, pace, assists".

"It's not easy in the Premier League with competition from Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata, Sergio Aguero, but I am going to go for Harry Kane", he wrote.