Celtic

By Aramide Oladipo

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has left out English duo Dele Alli and Harry Winks out of his combined XI from Tottenham and Liverpool.

Both sides are set to face each other in a huge Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side can go level on points with Manchester United with a victory this weekend.

Both teams enjoyed great results in the Champions League in midweek with the Reds recording an emphatic 7-0 against Maribor whilst Spurs secured an impressive 1-1 draw against holders Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Ahead of the upcoming match, Redknapp revealed his combined XI and explained his shock decision to leave out the two England internationals.

“I like Harry Winks, he’s a player after my own heart,” he said on the Sky Sports website.

“He keeps it simple and is a good footballer, but I would have to go with Jordan Henderson purely because of his experience.

“Then it is Philippe Coutinho just over Dele Alli, although I’d love to have them both.

“I know Coutinho missed a bit of the season but I think Dele is having a tough time of it at the moment, although not tough enough that it is going to affect him long-term.

“You got more goals from Dele and maybe even more assists last season as well if I’m correct, but I just think Coutinho edges that one.”

Redknapp’s decision comes as a surprise as Winks was one of the best players at the Bernabeu in midweek, and his superb start to the new campaign saw him earn is first international call-up.

Although Alli has struggled with consistency this season, he has still contributed with three goals and one assist from midfield.

Despite these two missing out, Spurs still dominate the combined XI with eight regulars included in the Redknapp’s team.

The back five include Spurs regulars Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireid, Jan Vertonghen, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose.

Eric Dier is the only Spurs player to make the midfield, whilst Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have been given the nod in attack.

In other Tottenham news, Real Madrid are plotting a move this yet another Spurs man after the club’s draw at the Bernabeu earlier this week.

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