Combined XI pieces are usually easy, you take the best players from both teams in each position, compare them Head-to-Head and Voila you have a combined XI. But in the Carabao Cup, it becomes a tad bit difficult, considering Managers like to heavily rotate their starting XIs. So in a Carabao Cup fixture, your rotation player becomes a key player. So let’s try to accurately break down a combined XI for tonight’s Liverpool vs Chelsea game. Here goes Nothing!
GK – Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
OFFICIAL: Jurgen Klopp confirms that Simon Mignolet will start in goal for Liverpool in their League Cup clash against Chelsea tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/SupCg1honE
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 25, 2018
Mignolet makes the cut ahead of Chelsea’s Willy Caballero. The Belgian Keeper is especially skilled at stopping penalties so a draw after extra time may tip the match in Liverpool’s favor.
LB – Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea)
keep working kid ☺️💙💦 pic.twitter.com/aNDnASVvTB
— @official_slen (@djnelcraze) September 20, 2018
Emerson Palmieri hasn’t featured for the Blues this Season but the Italian has featured for the National team and has been pretty impressive.
CB – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Gary Cahill isn't happy on the bench at Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/ZkSuKMV390
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 21, 2018
Gary Cahill has hinted at a January exit if things don’t change at Chelsea. An impressive performance at Anfield may just change Maurizio Sarri’s opinion.
CB – Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Joe Gomez is literally going from strength to strength at centre-back. Great positional awareness; clever at sensing danger; underrated pace (in my opinion) and good strength.
Long may it continue….
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) September 15, 2018
Joe Gomez has been spectacular for Liverpool and the 21-Year-old’s solidity has been reassuring for Liverpool fans and Jurgen Klopp.
RB – Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
— Pete (@Pete2482) September 19, 2018
Clyne used to be Liverpool’s number one Right-Back but with injury problems and the emergence, Alexander-Arnold Clyne has been sidelined. He will be hoping to grab this opportunity with both hands.
CDM – Fabinho (Liverpool)
— The Kopite (@TheKopiteOFF) September 25, 2018
Fabinho has played only one Champions League minute for Liverpool so far and will be hoping to get 90 minutes in against Chelsea.
CM – Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 20, 2018
Cesc Fabregas has recovered from a knee injury and has slowly been brought back to action. Fabregas will be hoping to make an impact and break into Sarri’s midfield.
CM – Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) September 22, 2018
Wijnaldum has been one of the most consistent Midfielders for the Reds and will be looking to continue with the good performances.
LW – Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool)
— Daily Star Sport (@DailyStar_Sport) September 24, 2018
Shaqiri has done everything right so far in his first Season for Liverpool but breaking into a front three with an in-form Salah, Mane, and Firmino is nearly impossible. Liverpool vs Chelsea will present as a perfect opportunity for the Swiss International.
ST – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
About last night 😎🦅nice to get the W vs PSG . Enjoyed the night and was happy to contribute. Good vibes 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/TZDXMQhNd7
— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) September 19, 2018
The Former Chelsea Striker will be looking to come good for the reds. Liverpool vs Chelsea is probably the most important game for Sturridge because he’ll have a point to prove.
RW – Willian (Chelsea)
13 – Willian has been directly involved in 13 goals in his last 15 starts for Chelsea in European competition (10 goals and three assists). Factor. pic.twitter.com/tlWNuUQpFh
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 20, 2018
Willian has been impressive for Chelsea in Europe, now Sarri will be hoping the Brazilian can make an impact in the Cup. Especially since Pedro is out injured and Eden Hazard most probably rested.