Chelsea and Liverpool will renew their age old rivalry when the two sides meet each other at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (May 6). This Chelsea vs Liverpool game gains all the more importance as both teams are vying for the coveted 4th spot in the table, with Antonio Conte‘s side six points adrift of the Reds at this stage, albeit with a game in hand. Ahead of the heated Premier League clash – Liverpool vs Chelsea – we look at the best possible combined XI line-up, made up of players from both teams.
The two teams met earlier in the season towards the end of November with that Liverpool vs Chelsea game ending in a 1-1 stalemate. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead in the 65th minute which was later cancelled out by a freak Willian goal in the last 5 minutes of the game.
Each side features a number of talented players, but imagine a world in which the two teams were merged. Which players – if everybody was fit – would make a Chelsea vs Liverpool Combined XI?
Ahead of this highly anticipated fixture, we take a look at the best possible Chelsea v Liverpool Combined XI, based on injury and form factors:
Chelsea v Liverpool Combined XI
GOALKEEPER – Thibaut Courtois
One of the simpler choices to make, this one. Let alone the Premier League, Thibaut Courtois is perhaps one of the best goalkeepers plying their trade in the world at present. Despite Loris Karius’ improved form in the last couple of months, the Belgian will rightly take his place in our Liverpool vs Chelsea Combined XI.
DEFENDERS – Cesar Azpilicueta, Virgil van Dijk, Gary Cahill, Andy Robertson
Cesar Azpilicueta rightfully fends off competition from teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold to find a place in our Chelsea vs Liverpool Combined XI, given his more assured defensive abilities. The Spaniard has emerged as one of the best defenders in the league ever since he joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2012 and has the priceless ability of operating at any position across the back four.
Having made a lukewarm start to his Liverpool career, Virgil van Dijk is certainly looking like the quintessential £75m player who has massively improved the Reds’ struggling back-line and has driven them to the Champions League final. The general consensus is that the Dutchman is the man to lead the Liverpool’s defence for the next few years and he is an automatic pick in this Liverpool vs Chelsea Combined XI.
Liverpool’s summer signing Andy Robertson has made the left-back position his own this season and has been a primary reason behind the Merseysiders’ domestic and continental form. The Scottish international has great defensive abilities and has also improved his attacking instincts with time, as is evident by his marauding runs on the left flank and pin point crosses in the box. He walks in ahead of the impressive Marcos Alonso.
MIDFIELDERS – N’Golo Kante, Jordan Henderson, Eden Hazard
Chelsea have an array of world-class midfielders in their squad like N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Willian. Liverpool, on the other hand, are stretched to the absolute limits in this area as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can and Adam Lallana are all out of action for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
N’Golo Kante has been his vibrant and effective self in Chelsea’s midfield this season. The Frenchman’s offensive game has been a bit off the mark this season but his defensive qualities remain as good as ever as he is averaging 3.4 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game. His stamina and tireless running are a huge asset to Conte’s side. Kante walks in ahead of Milner, Wijnaldum and Fabregas in this Chelsea vs Liverpool Combined XI.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson also deserves a place in this side based on his recent form for the club. Despite the criticism he receives, the 27-year-old Serbian has the tactical nous, tenacity, good tackling skills and an eye for the pass. To sum it up, Henderson, on current form, is displaying every quality that you need from a central midfielder. He has also stepped up his game during what can be described as a crisis period for the club in terms of midfield resources.
The middle-of-the-pitch creative force in this combined XI will come from Eden Hazard, who has the ability to create chances out of nothing and can pull the strings in the middle of the pitch. Despite going through a supposed lull this season, the Belgian wizard has notched up 16 goals and 13 assists this season. An absolute must pick in our Liverpool vs Chelsea Combined XI.
FORWARDS – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah
One-third of Liverpool’s deadly front three, Sadio Mane has enjoyed a prolific campaign for the club despite not being in the best of form and suffering from injuries during the middle stages of the 2017/18 season. The Senegalese winger has scored 19 goals and assisted a further 9 in all competitions this term. Mane edges out Willian for a spot in this Chelsea vs Liverpool Combined XI.
Roberto Firmino is barely a centre-forward but his numbers this season are better than many prolific strikers. The Brazilian has scored 27 goals and laid out a further 17 assists for Liverpool in the current campaign. On current form, Firmino is an absolute must pick in our Liverpool vs Chelsea Combined XI.
Mohamed Salah – Enough said! In a staggering debut campaign for Liverpool, Salah has already recorded a whopping 43 goals in all competitions and with 31 Premier League, is also the league’s top goal scorer. The magical Egyptian has been in the form of his life this campaign and will probably walk into any team on this planet right now.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Combined XI – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Robertson, Kante, Henderson, Hazard, Mane, Firmino, Salah