Liverpool starting XI: Mario Balotelli or Philippe Coutinho? Our writers select the best team Brendan Rodgers can put out

Injuries ignored - what's the best team the Reds can start with following their summer spending spree?

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The latest round of Premier League fixtures are the first since the close of the transfer window, meaning that while squads have swelled, managers must now narrow their focus to pick their best starting XIs.

Many new players are in line to make their debut this weekend - but who should come straight in and which players have done enough in the opening few games to warrant a run in the first team?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers might have seen his best player depart, but Luis Suarez has been replaced by ten new faces at Anfield. But with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Alberto Moreno arriving, he hasn't got room for all of them.

This weekend, Liverpool play Aston Villa at Anfield in which Rodgers' vision for the team will perhaps become a little clearer.

In the meantime, we've asked The Independent's writers and editors to pick their Liverpool starting XI. Any current injury problems were ignored, meaning the teams below are the best possible starting XIs available to Rodgers according to our experts.

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Mario Balotelli

 

Glenn Moore - Football Editor

(4-1-2-1-2)

Mignolet;

Flanagan, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno;

Gerrard;

Henderson, Allen;

Sterling;

Sturridge, Balotelli

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Raheem Sterling

 

Ian Herbert - Football correspondent

(4-1-2-1-2)

Mignolet;

Manquilo, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno;

Gerrard;

Henderson, Allen;

Sterling;

Sturridge, Balotelli

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Alberto Moreno

 

Jack Pitt-Brooke - Football writer

(4-3-3)

Mignolet;

Johnson, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno;

Gerrard, Allen, Henderson;

Sterling, Balotelli, Sturridge

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Dejan Lovren

 

Simon Rice - Digital Editor

(4-3-1-2)

Mignolet;

Flanagan, Lovren, Sakho, Johnson;

Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho;

Sterling;

Balotelli, Sturridge

 

Matt Gatward - Sports Editor

(4-4-2)

Mignolet;

Manquilo, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno;

Sterling, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho;

Sturidge, Balotelli

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