COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Christian Eriksen, Roberto Firmino and Victor Wanyama would be among the casualties of a starting line-up comprised of the best Tottenham and Liverpool players.
Spurs travel to Anfield on Saturday for a Premier League match and will be looking to strengthen their grip on second, while also having the opportunity to go six points behind leaders Chelsea if they win.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have slipped out of the top four after five games in the league without a win and the Reds will be desperate to get back on track.
Attacking talents such as Eriksen and Firmino would miss out on a starting position in the combined team, while highly rated defensive midfielder Wanyama would also fail to make the cut.
Spurs current number one Hugo Lloris would be an easy selection in goal, with Liverpool pair Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both showing major weaknesses this season.
The north London club would dominate the back four as they have the best defensive record in the Premier League, with just 16 goals conceded in 24 matches.
Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose would slot into the combined XI, with Liverpool pair Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip just missing out on selection.
The side would play with one player in front of the defence and Spurs’ box-to-box powerhouse Mousa Dembele is the standout candidate, meaning that Wanyama and Reds captain Jordan Henderson are omitted.
English pairing Adam Lallana and Dele Alli would make a sensational combination in the centre of midfield, while Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are preferred on the flanks.
Spurs playmaker Eriksen can count himself unfortunate to miss out on the side, but the pace and trickery of Mane has just given him the edge.
Harry Kane would take his position as the central striker and would have numerous opportunities created for him by this team, with Liverpool’s Firmino just inferior in the goals department.
In other Tottenham team news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered his verdict on the club’s title hopes.