Liverpool v Arsenal: The combined XI
Liverpool host Arsenal this weekend in a tie that could decide which side occupies the final top four spot come the end of the season.
Both sides looked like potential Premier League title challengers before the New Year, having had terrific starts to the season, but things have changed since the calendar flipped to 2017.
Liverpool have won only once since the turn of the year, that victory being an impressive and convincing 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. The other eleven of their fixtures have ended either as a draw or in defeat, their most recent loss coming at the hands of a resurgent Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal themselves haven’t been particularly impressive, either. While dominating their fixtures against the Premier League strugglers, the Gunners have fallen at the bigger hurdles, losing to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich in recent weeks.
This Saturday’s game is crunch time for both sides and their managers. But who would make a combined XI of the two sides? Based on 2017 there wouldn’t be much to go by but as they say, form is temporary and class is permanent, so taking that into account, here we go …