Liverpool travel to Stanford Bridge on Saturday with revenge on their minds as they face Chelsea for the second time in four days. A late Hazard goal meant Chelsea came back from behind to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup and the men in Red will be rearing to go and get one back on the Blues. The game promises to be nothing short of exciting. Let’s take a look at the combined eleven of the two teams.
Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker
Alisson has not had much to do for Liverpool but has turned up when he was needed to. He has looked really solid for the Reds and very confident on the ball with top class distribution. Kepa is not far away, but Alisson’s experience of playing big games and his distribution puts him ahead in the pecking order.
Working hard!! 💪🏼🇧🇷🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/NJHOhuLFmA
— Alisson Becker (@Alissonbecker) September 6, 2018
Centre Back – Virgil Van Dijk
The Netherland’s captain has undoubtedly been one of the best center-backs in the Premier League and has been a leader for Liverpool on the pitch. He picks himself in any team in the Premier League and most often than not, in the World.
Troy Deeney is definitely a Virgil van Dijk ultra…
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 25, 2018
Centre Back – Azpilicueta
He has been playing on the right flank of the Chelsea defense so far but is too good a player to be left out of this squad. He is ever dependable and consistent and has played center back on numerous occasions for the Blues.
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) September 26, 2018
Right Back – Marcus Alonso
Alonso has been one of the best wing backs for two seasons in the Premier League and is involved in almost every goal that Chelsea have scored so far. He looks really strong going forward but not as much but he has certainly worked on his defense this season and it is showing. He plays on the right to make space for Andy Robertson on the Left.
— Marcos Alonso (@marcosalonso03) September 26, 2018
Left Back – Andy Robertson
Andy has been a revelation for Liverpool since he first started for the Reds. He has been phenomenal and has the right mix of attack and defence which is rare nowadays. He plays a vital role in the attack and in the defence and this makes him one of the most important players on this Liverpool team.
Marcos Alonso – Andrew Robertson – Benjamin Mendy
-radars comparing all 3 left-backs
-data from understat pic.twitter.com/ZqiERSIJko
— EFaroh (@EFaroh) September 24, 2018
Left Mid – Jorginho
Jorginho has been the main man in the middle as everyone expected when Sarri took over the blues. He has the most number of passes in the league so far and has had a telling impact on the former Champions. Last premier league game he recorded the most number of passes in a single game ever and as things stand, it looks like he will be the man pulling the strings in any combined eleven in the league.
Jorginho’s 180 passes against West Ham is the most attempted in a single Premier League game since such data was collected in 2003/04.
One every 30 seconds. pic.twitter.com/IW1EDHNPdR
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 23, 2018
Right Mid – Kante
Kante has not been as affective as his usual best in the forward midfield role this season, but he yet has had a major impact on the team and will continue to do so for any team he plays. He is arguably one of the best defensive midfielders in the Word and having him in the team is like an insurance policy to the defenders.
Eden Hazard was only looking out for N'Golo Kanté. pic.twitter.com/8N0uPjzMRS
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 27, 2018
Central Attacking Mid – Eden Hazard
Hazard has been in inspirational for this season and his goal against Liverpool in the League Cup is a testament to that. He has been the best player in the league so far and coming Saturday, he will look to take this Chelsea team across the line against a strong Liverpool side in their toughest challenge in the Premier League as yet.
Scoring goals is earning Eden Hazard more comparisons with Messi and Ronaldo.
But he only cares about one thing: 🏆 🏆 🏆 pic.twitter.com/iyaCPXuCuv
— Goal (@goal) September 28, 2018
Left Wing – Sadio Mane
Mane has been in terrific touch this season and has delivered when it matters the most for the Reds. He has netted goals and created assists and chances and left defenders dead with his pace and trickery. He is slowly developing into a very classy player and coming Saturday, he will have another chance to show what he’s got.
— Sadio Mané (@10SadioMane) July 20, 2018
Right Wing – Mo Salah
Salah has not looked as good as he did towards the back end of last season but the number of goals he has scored is similar to those of last season. Even when not at his best, the Egyptian King has a major impact for the Reds down the Right wing and will play a major role on Saturday.
The full video comparing Salah's numbers this season to those he averaged last year. pic.twitter.com/XgZVvmEwab
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) September 27, 2018
Centre Forward – Roberto Firmino
Firmino has been the main man for Liverpool for some time now and he only seems to be getting better by the day. He tracks back to defend and starts the attacks for the Reds and is the perfect example of a false number nine. He makes the much talked about front three tick and is the link that binds Salah and Mane along with himself to provide the attacking potent they do.
You can’t win every game but so far in this tough schedule, don’t let one game make you forget this moment.
One eyed Bobby Firmino. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BI0bEtzgfl
— Furious Firmino (@FuriousFirmino) September 27, 2018