Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Carragher names his XI of the Premier League season so far

Carragher names his XI of the Premier League season so far

United (1.41), Arsenal (1.80) and Chelsea (1.88) are the only current Premier League teams who average fewer than two late goals conceded per season.

Chelsea are the most represented team (4), with Tottenham (3) and Liverpool (2) the only other clubs to have players selected.

In goal, Carragher opted for David de Gea, the Manchester United and Spain 'keeper widely considered to be one of the best in the world and arguably the best in the Premier League.

The former Liverpool defender picked Chelsea's full-backs, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to provide attacking options from the back, accompanied by Spurs defensive pair Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the middle. "A great defensive record under Mauricio Pochettino".

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

The Premier League champions have four players in Carragher's side, Spurs have three, his former team Liverpool have two players, while there is one player each from the two Manchester clubs.

Philippe Coutinho, N'Golo Kante and "the standout player of the start of this season", Kevin de Bruyne, star in midfield while Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane and Harry Kane make up a formidable front three.

After all, Leicester City won the Premier League title not so long ago without having a single world-class player in their squad at the time. The latter Carragher believes will be a future Player of the Year victor following his impressive start to the season. I think he is going to be a future Player of the Year contender'.

Even if Tottenham do not win the championship, it will be a successful season for them if they end up in the top four and qualify for the Champions League group stage for the third year in a row.

"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.

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