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Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Sports Mole selects its combined XI from the Arsenal and Liverpool squads ahead of Saturday's top-four showdown between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium.

Two of the top four go head to head on Saturday evening when Arsenal welcome unbeaten Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium.

The match will pit two impressive records against each other as Arsenal look to extend a run of 13 games without defeat - including 12 wins - while Liverpool bid to make it 11 games unbeaten at the start of a Premier League campaign for only the second time.

Jurgen Klopp's side go into the weekend sitting level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table, whereas Arsenal are two places and four points further back.

Here, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from both squads, only using players who are available this weekend.



Combined XI: ARS vs. LIV

Liverpool dominate the combined XI for this match, particularly in defence where the back five all come from Klopp's side - starting with goalkeeper Alisson Becker chosen ahead of both Bernd Leno and Petr Cech.

With Arsenal suffering a defensive injury crisis ahead of the match, including doubts over Hector Bellerin, the main dilemma is whether to choose Joe Gomez as a right-back or a centre-back, but Klopp has preferred the youngster out wide recently with Dejan Lovren therefore selected ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The rest of the back four is more straightforward, though, with Virgil van Dijk continuing to have an immeasurable impact on the Liverpool defence and Andrew Robertson establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in the division, despite being rested against Cardiff City last weekend.

Rumoured Liverpool target Aaron Ramsey might usually challenge for a place in the team, but he has been out of favour under Unai Emery in recent weeks. Georginio Wijnaldum is also unfortunate to miss out as Mesut Ozil narrowly earns a place ahead of the Dutchman as Arsenal's first representative in the team.

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is expected to return from a hamstring problem this weekend and so takes his place in the team alongside James Milner, who is also expected to be brought back into the Liverpool XI after being rested against Cardiff.

It could quite easily be an all-Liverpool front three too, but Sadio Mane is the unfortunate one to miss out despite scoring twice last time out. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets the nod on that left wing having scored five goals in his last three league games and a joint-league leading seven this season.

Roberto Firmino has not been in the goals as much as Mane and Mohamed Salah - or indeed Alexandre Lacazette - but his importance to the Liverpool team cannot be overstated, and his recent performances have been instrumental in helping Salah to get back on the goal trail with four in his last three.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in action during the Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on August 25, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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