ROY KEANE and Jamie Carragher were at loggerheads while trying to figure out heir combined Manchester United '99 / Liverpool '20 team.
With Liverpool currently cantering to what will be their very first Premier League title and looking likely to break a number of records as they go, inevitably comparisons to the greatest sides in English football are going to be made.
During yesterday's Monday Night Football, Manchester United and Liverpool banner-men Keane and Carragher looked to decipher which players from two of English football's most impressive sides would make a combined XI.
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While both managed to stay considerably more impartial than their on-field scuffles against one another's teams over the years might suggest, it was only natural that after a few minutes, the smiles were gone and replaced with expressions of bemusement and shock.
Keane, with his matter-of-fact approach to analysis only picked one Liverpool star (Virgil Van Dijk) in his combined eleven, citing that Liverpool - as of yet - haven't won any major trophies this year.
Carragher meanwhile ended up picking a more balanced combined side, with seven representatives from United's treble winners, and just four from the runaway Premier League leaders.
He was quick to make the case for a number of Klopp's men, including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane - the latter of which turned Keane's face into something resembling a crispy jacket potato, due to the fact that Mane's inclusion would lead to Ryan Giggs' omission.
As you'd expect with the Cork-native, discussions remained tense, particularly when picking between Peter Schmeichel and Alisson Becker, Denis Irwin and Andy Robertson and between the front line of Dwight Yorke & Andy Cole and Mane, Roberto Firmino & Mo Salah, but Keane remained as fiercely stubborn as he was during his playing days.
He even initially included Alexander-Arnold ahead of Gary Neville in his team, but later changed his mind, reasoning that the former United captain was a better defensive full-back than the Liverpool youngster.
Carragher's team: Peter Schmeichel, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jaap Stam, Virgil Van Dijk, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Sadio Mane, Dwight Yorke, Mo Salah. (4-3-3)
Keane's team: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Virgil Van Dijk, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole. (4-4-2)
And, for a bit of fun:
Irish Post's team: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Virgil Van Dijk, Denis Irwin (obviously), David Beckham, Roy Keane (obviously), Paul Scholes, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)