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The combined XI of Arsenal and Liverpool, with five Jurgen Klopp favorites missing out

The combined XI of Arsenal and Liverpool, with five Jurgen Klopp favorites missing out

Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates today, looking to build on their strong start to the season under Mikel Arteta.

Jurgen Klopp’s team has had a terrible start to the season, picking up just 10 points from their first seven games as they struggle to find their form.

With that in mind, a combined XI is more difficult to select than in recent years, with the team consisting of five Arsenal stars and six of opposite numbers.

As many Gunners players would have seemed unthinkable this time last year, demonstrating the club’s progress under Arteta this year.

 SportsDias has put together a combined XI that includes Gabriel, Fabinho, and Luis.

Goalkeeper: Alisson

The team’s easiest decision, with Alisson vying to be considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

He has been a consistent presence between the posts since joining from Roma in 2018 and has already saved his team on numerous occasions this season.

Aaron Ramsdale, despite impressing since joining from Sheffield United, has failed to match his level and will have to settle for a bench spot.

Defence: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, William Saliba and Andy Robertson 

Despite not meeting their usual high standards this season, Liverpool trio Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, and Robertson all have a claim to be the best in their position in the Premier League, and it is difficult to argue against their proven quality over the last four seasons.

That leaves only one spot open on the backline, and Saliba is a worthy recipient.

Without Erling Haaland’s ridiculous exploits, the France international would have a legitimate claim to be considered player of the season thus far, and it is that form that has made him impossible to ignore.

Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel, and Joel Matip are all unfortunate to have missed out.

Midfield: Granit Xhaka, Thiago Alcantara and Martin Odegaard

Odegaard was one of the easier midfield picks, with the Arsenal captain possessing tremendous technical ability and leading his team with distinction this year.

Klopp is a big fan, and he and Thiago would work well together, making it difficult for opposing midfielders to get the ball off the duo.

Given Fabinho’s proven ability, Xhaka is arguably the most contentious pick, but his redemption arc at the Emirates this season has made him a deserving option.

As a result of his performances, he has gone from being booed to becoming a fan favorite, and it is those that have earned him a spot on the team.

Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Gabriel Jesus, Buyako Saka 

While Salah has struggled in recent weeks, his goal-scoring record over the last few seasons cannot be overlooked.

Jesus has completely transformed Arsenal’s attack since joining from Manchester City in the summer; he is excellent at linking play and scoring goals.

The pair are their team’s best attacking players, and they are two of the first names called in the combined eleven.

The decision on the left wing was arguably the most difficult, but Saka edges out Luis Diaz to make the squad. The winger is a highly creative presence who can set up multiple scoring chances for both Jesus and Salah.

The combined XI of Arsenal and Liverpool, with five Jurgen Klopp favorites missing out

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