Chelsea vs Liverpool combined XI
The Liverpool team that will arrive at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is the strongest we have seen for many years. How many of the visiting players make it into our combined current Chelsea and Liverpool team?
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker –
Despite a huge blunder earlier this season, Alisson squeezes into this combined team by virtue of his standout form last season.
Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold –
Cesar Azpilicueta has lost pace and is struggling to adapt to Sarri’s system. Alexander-Arnold is quick and excellent defensively and going forward.
Right CB: Antonio Rudiger –
One of the very best centre-backs in the world. Quick, athletic and aggressive.
Left CB: Virgil van Dijk –
We have the two best centre-halves in the league playing on Saturday. Liverpool are so much better with the Dutchman in the side.
Left Back: Andrew Robertson –
Wonderful crossing ability and is solid defensively. Alonso might score more goals but that is the only aspect in which he is superior.
Centre Midfield: Jorginho –
His passing is incredibly accurate and he dictates the pace and rhythm of Chelsea’s play. He has defensive deficiencies but earns his place.
Right Midfield: N’Golo Kante –
Edges out James Milner. Kante is so valuable with his energy and spoiling that he has to play.
Left Midfield: Naby Keita –
Mateo Kovacic has started well but Keita is all over the pitch and contributing to Liverpool’s continued improvement in a way that cannot be ignored.
Right Wing: Mohammad Salah –
He has had a slow start by his standards. However, last year’s sensation is still so dangerous.
Left Wing: Eden Hazard –
If Salah was the best player in the league last season, Hazard is at the moment.
Striker: Roberto Firmino –
No contest here. Firmino scores plenty and is always involved in the build up play. A fantastic player.