Liverpool vs Chelsea: Check out LiveScore's combined XI
Liverpool and Chelsea meet at Anfield this evening in a mouthwatering Premier League showdown.
Bosses Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel both have an enviable pool of talent to call upon as they bid to rip the title from Manchester City's grasp.
But which players would get the nod in a combined side?
Read on to see who features in our LiveScore XI, set up in a 4-3-3 formation, and be sure to let us know who would make your side by tweeting us.
Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool)
Edouard Mendy has been impressive since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2020 but it is the Liverpool stopper who gets the nod in between the sticks.
Brazil No1 Alisson, 28, has played a leading role in Champions League and Premier League successes since joining the Reds in 2018 and delighted fans by signing a new long-term contract at Anfield earlier this month.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Reds star Trent Alexander-Arnold narrowly gets the nod over Chelsea’s Reece James due to his additional experience at the top level.
The 22-year-old has racked up a stunning 33 assists in 105 Premier League games since the start of 2018-19 and was recalled into Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week after cruelly missing Euro 2020 through injury.
Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
Having looked certain to depart Stamford Bridge early last term, Antonio Rudiger has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance under Tuchel.
Now one of the first names on the Chelsea team-sheet, the 28-year-old was exceptional in the Blues’ Champions League triumph and has recently been described by Rio Ferdinand as “the most in-form defender in the Premier League”.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
The easiest selection of the entire XI, dominant defender Virgil van Dijk is arguably the world’s best in his position and was the driving force behind the Reds’ first Premier League title triumph in 2019-20.
After missing 10 months of action through a cruciate knee injury sustained last October, the Dutchman’s return has helped Liverpool start their 2021-22 campaign with back-to-back clean sheets.
Left-back: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Now in his fifth year at Anfield, Scotland captain Andy Robertson has established himself as a master of his craft and gets the nod over the Chelsea duo of Marcus Alonso and Ben Chilwell.
Dependable when it comes to basic defending, the popular 27-year-old also has a keen eye for an assist like Alexander-Arnold — laying on an impressive 30 goals for team-mates across his last three full campaigns.
Midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
A key cog of the iconic Leicester title-winning team of 2015-16, few players are more widely admired by their fellow pros than Chelsea’s midfield workhorse N’Golo Kante.
Now 30, Kante has an honours list to rival any individual and was one of three players nominated for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, having turned in yet another stellar campaign for the Blues last term.
Midfield: Jorginho (Chelsea)
Kante was beaten to that award by midfield partner Jorginho, who helped his club to Champions League success last term before following that up on the international stage with Italy at Euro 2020.
The 29-year-old pass master had a tough time adjusting to English football but has come to the fore under Tuchel and is a key part of the German's engine room.
Midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Rounding off an all-Chelsea midfield is England star Mason Mount, who rose to prominence under former Blues boss Frank Lampard and has since proven his worth to Tuchel too.
A regular for both club and country, the versatile 22-year-old offers defensive work rate and creativity in equal measure and has quickly established himself as one of the continent’s best midfield talents.
Right wing: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Taking the first of three attacking berths is Egyptian goal machine Mohamed Salah, who became the first Liverpool player to reach 100 goals for the club since Steven Gerrard last term.
Following his arrival at Anfield four years ago, Salah has broken countless individual records and shows no signs of slowing down — kicking off his new campaign with a goal and two assists against Norwich a fortnight ago.
Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Leading the line is Chelsea’s £97.5million man Romelu Lukaku, who returned to the club earlier this month after a two-year stint tearing up Serie A with Inter Milan.
One of the game’s most prolific marksmen, Lukaku’s physical strength and blistering pace make him a handful for any defender and he looks sure to make a big impact at Stamford Bridge in 2021-22.
Left wing: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
The final piece of our line-up is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who has shared the bulk of the goalscoring duties for Klopp’s formidable outfit in recent seasons alongside team-mate Salah.
Though his 11 league strikes last term represented a dip compared to previous hauls, the Senegalese star is a constant livewire and one of the division’s trickiest customers — even without his scoring boots on.