Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain axed: Best combined Liverpool and Arsenal XI
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberalin would be among the casualties of a starting line-up comprised of the best Liverpool and Arsenal players.
The Reds host fourth-placed Arsenal on Saturday evening and are currently one point behind them.
Jurgen Klopp’s side go into the match on the back of a 3-1 defeat against relegation threatened Leicester and are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification
A combined XI between the two teams would surely have enough to finish in the top four and the defence is dominate by Arsenal.
Meanwhile, it’s Liverpool who make up most of the number offensively in the side and their attackers will be looking to do the pressing at the weekend against the Gunners.
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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is the obvious to be the number one and edges out the inconsistent pair of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.
Laurent Koscielny and Joel Matip would be the best available centre-back partnership, meaning Shkodran Mustafi and Dejan Lovren miss out.
Hector Bellerin edges out Nathaniel Clyne, while the left-back slot is a weak area for both teams, but steady performer Nacho Monreal just pips it.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson would have to be in combined XI as he would bring a great balance to the side with his composure in possession.
The creative pair of Adam Lallana and Mesut Ozil would complete the midfield trio, meaning several players were left out from both Liverpool and Arsenal.
The Reds midfielders Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum have yet to find any consistency, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlucky to miss out.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown great promise since being used as a central midfielder and it could become a permanent position for him.
The combined XI is led by an exciting front three of Sadio Mane, Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho.
That means Liverpool ace Firmino is missing, despite being a hard working player and a clinical finisher.
In other Liverpool news, John Aldridge has explained why he worries for his former side against Arsenal.