A star-studded Liverpool vs Arsenal combined XI
Feelings of pride are at stake when two English powerhouses Liverpool and Arsenal face each other in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals at Anfield on Thursday. The Londoners face a daunting task when they face league leaders and European champions Liverpool at home.
Battling for a Champions League spot, the Gunners are under pressure after two consecutive defeats in their last league outings. Let’s take a look at a combined XI involving stars from both sides.
Combined Liverpool vs Arsenal XI
Coach: Jurgen Klopp
Alisson Becker (GK)
The Brazilian keeper is the first and only choice. Last year’s premier league golden glove winner with 21 clean sheets to his account the Brazilian is a level above the rest, let alone Arsenal custodian Bernd Leno.
Alisson though has not played much football after he tore his calf in the season opener against Norwich City.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
Arguably the best right-back at the moment, the Englishman is just 21-year old and already a champion league winner. His good awareness, sharp crossing and consistent performances have earned him an easy spot in this XI.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
This was perhaps the most difficult choice to make as injured Joel Matip could have easily grabbed this spot ahead of the Arsenal man.
Matip alongside Virgil van Djik formed an indomitable pair at the back which saw Liverpool emerge European champions. Thus, Arsenal’s best-man in defence- most clearances (161) and interceptions (58) gets the nod.
Virgil van Dijk (CB)
A dead leg injury suffered in the last game against Tottenham has cast a slight doubt regarding the Dutchman’s availability for next match but with Klopp shrugging off any major concerns aside, he is an instant choice.
He would fit into any squad as he raises the bar with his exceptional defensive abilities and leading from the front.
The Brazilian is known for his build-up play and composure on the ball. Though not yet the best in the business, he has groomed into a world-class player under Klopp.
He plays an important role in the link-up between defence and attack and is one of the best in England.
Any team would need a Henderson to function, just as any ship would need an anchor to sail. He is the engine and heart of the game.
The Englishman and European champion is a proven leader with his inspiring displays in the exact need of the hour. His equaliser against Spurs being one such many.
Matteo Guendouzi (LCM)
The versatile youngster has gained instant stardom with his consistent performances in the league under Arsenal coach Unai Emery.
The 20-year old French lad can add the much-required athleticism and dynamism required in the midfield. Can be deployed in deep-lying midfielder role too.
Sadio Mane (RW)
The Senegalese attacker has evolved into a goal-scoring machine this season surpassing teammate Mohamed Salah.
His fiery pace, excellent dribbling and ability to discharge dangerous shots from distance adds to his credentials.
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Mohamed Salah (RW)
Nimble-footed, quick and blessed with technical brilliance, the Egyptian is a proven match-winner.
His 22 goals and seven assists in last year’s league campaign speak volumes of the Egyptian’s abilities. If still injured, Salah would miss the list, paving way for Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (CF)
After sharing the Golden Boot joint-honours with Liverpool men Salah and Mane last season, Aubameyang has continued his goalscoring prowess into this season with another seven. Scoring wins you games and Aubameyang loves to score.