Will Liverpool dominate because of Chelsea’s absence of several key players? Let’s see who makes the Chelsea Liverpool Combined XI. It’s another top-of-the-table showdown, which means it’s time for another highly contested combined XI.
Chelsea has been ruled out of the title race by Thomas Tuchel, who, to be fair, never mentioned his team as a title contender. The Blues have a growing injury list in critical places, and no one knows Chelsea’s plight better than their Merseyside rivals in red. This combined XI provides insight into the quality disparities between the two teams.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been at his best this season, outperforming James in a number of key measures. The claims that Alexander-Arnold is a bad defender are exaggerated. Despite the fact that Liverpool has had more possession than Chelsea on average, Alexander-Arnold leads James in interceptions and tackles per game.
Alexander-Arnold has also made more clearances and won more possession in the final third. In terms of chance creation and goal involvement, the Liverpool No. 66 outperforms James, producing 3.2 opportunities per game to James’s 1.9. In one more game, the Liverpool man has generated five more huge opportunities, three more assists, and one more goal involvement than his teammate in blue.
Center back: Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool
Van Dijk has returned, and while the Reds have not looked as strong defensively as they did last season, van Dijk has been one of the greatest center-backs in the English Premier League. He’s won 70% of his duels, and Liverpool hasn’t preserved a clean sheet in the Premier League when he’s not on the field.
In the last two seasons, Joel Matip has been one of the most underappreciated players in the Premier League. In terms of long-ball accuracy, he outperforms Antonio Rudiger. He also outperforms Rudiger in duel success rate, and given that Liverpool has more possession of the ball than Chelsea, Matip’s interception and tackle numbers are much greater than Rudiger’s.
Rudiger’s quick recovery and front-footed defense are key components of Chelsea’s system, with the 28-year-old and Thiago Silva ready to form the foundation for the club’s Carabao Cup challenge.
Left-back: Andy Robertson – Liverpool
Andy Robertson is closing in on Leighton Baines’ record for Premier League assists by a defender, with the Scotland captain and Trent Alexander-Arnold indispensable to Liverpool’s style of play.
The pair give Jurgen Klopp’s team plenty of width and creativity, allowing the front three to drift narrower and into more dangerous goalscoring positions. Robertson is still the best left-back in the Premier League, a tireless competitor with excellent possession skills.
Defensive midfielder: Fabinho, Liverpool
Fabinho had a 52 percent victory over Jorginho’s 48 percent. He also has a slight advantage over Jorginho in terms of ball-winning, as he wins 52 percent of his tackles compared to 50 percent for the Italian.
He does, however, make substantially more interceptions each game than Jorginho.
Central midfielder: Mateo Kovacic, Chelsea
Mateo Kovacic is almost certain to make this combined XI. His passing, dribbling, and creativity statistics are unrivaled among central midfielders at both clubs.
His work rate off the ball is even better, as he wins the ball in the final third most of any midfielder in both clubs. Kovacic’s passes per 90 go into the final third 11% of the time, and 10% of them are progressive.
N’Golo Kante is in solely because of how good he has been this season and over the years.
Tuchel brought in the Frenchman at halftime against Tottenham Hotspur and fixed Chelsea’s offense; the Blues went on to win the game 3-0 after the game had been level at 0-0.
Right-winger: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
Mohamed Salah has the most goals, assists, significant opportunities created, and goal involvements in the Premier League. The Egyptian appeared to have reached his peak in the 2017/18 season, when he scored 32 league goals, but that no longer appears to be the case.
Salah generated 12 great chances last season when he scored 32 league goals and has already created 11 this season. He had ten assists that season, and he already has nine assists this season, with 19 games remaining. In 36 games that season, he averaged 0.86 goals per game; he’s now at 0.79, which is still amazing.
Striker: Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea
The only firing notional center forward in both clubs, Romelu Lukaku, makes it into our combined XI.
Lukaku was absent for a long time due to injury, and when he returned, he didn’t start right away. He got where he is because of his own hard work and judgments, and he has no allegiance to any club.
Left-winger: Diogo Jota, Liverpool
The metrics don’t lie, and Diogo Jota has been particularly impressive this season. In terms of goals scored, he edges out Mason Mount and Sadio Mane, netting 10 more than the other two forwards.
Intriguingly, all three forwards have produced six great opportunities this season. Many of the statistics, including shot and goal-scoring actions, are very comparable between the three stars.
Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy, Chelsea
Following an extraordinary 18 months for the goalkeeper, we’ve sided with Edouard Mendy is one of the most difficult decisions on the team sheet. Mendy was unstoppable when Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League last season, and he now has 14 clean sheets in 18 games in Europe’s top tournament, while he was instrumental in Senegal’s win in the African Cup of Nations earlier this month.
Above is our list of the Chelsea Liverpool Combined XI. If you have any questions about this list, please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to visit ChelseaWiki.Org for the latest football matches!