Liverpool and Chelsea meet on Saturday in a fixture that rarely disappoints. 

The two sides have started the season similarly, with only three points separating them going into the weekend. 

Here is a combined XI ahead of Saturday’s clash at Anfield.

1. GK: Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois has firmly estbalished himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time at Chelsea and has already kept six clean sheets this season in the league.

He has been dependable for Chelsea this campaign, and the same can’t be said for Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. 

2. CB: Cesar Azpilicueta

The defender has played every single minute under Antonio Conte this season and, despite not reaching his usual standards in a few of the games this season, he is still regarded as one of the top Premier League centre-backs. 

He also has five assists to his name this year, showing he is also an attacking threat. 

3. CB: Andreas Christensen

Since returning from his loan spell in Germany, Christensen has forced his way into the Chelsea side ahead of the likes of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, proving his worth to Antonio Conte.

Despite his tender years, he has become a player who is now relied on for the big games by Conte, who rested the Dane on Wednesday night seemingly with a view to start him for Saturday’s showdown.

4. CB: Joel Matip

While Liverpool have been somewhat of a shambles at the back this season, one man who has largely avoided the criticism is Joel Matip.

The German-born Cameroon international has brought some stability and class to a Reds back line that would undoubtedly be in an even worse state without him, since his free transfer from Schalke in the summer of 2016.

His calming presence was missed by Jurgen Klopp’s men as they capitulated against Sevilla mid-week.

5. RWB: Joe Gomez

Since recovering from a bad knee injury which kept him out of first team action for around a year, Gomez has taken advantage of Nathaniel Clyne’s fitness problems to grasp his opportunity for Liverpool.

Despite the turmoil in the Reds defence, Gomez has impressed this season, winning his first England caps – including a man of the match display against Brazil.

6. LWB: Marcos Alonso

While Alberto Moreno has been hit and (far too often) miss for Liverpool, Chelsea’s Spanish wing-back Alonso has been a model of consistency.

Despite arriving with a less than fearsome reputation, the former Fiorentina star has proved the doubters wrong and is now a key figure for Chelsea.

7. CM: N’Golo Kante

The heart of the Blues’ midfield has two Premier League titles two years on the trot, with two different sides.

Kante has gone from a nobody to a global star in his time in England and is now recognised as one of the best midfielders in world football. 

His energy on the field is second to none.

8. CM: Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian has been the jewell in Liverpool’s crown since Luis Suarez left, and has been attracting interest from the his old teammate’s new club.

In the six Premier League appearances he has made this season, Coutinho has scored three times and assisted twice. Liverpool fans are eager to see what he can do when he gets the play alongside the rest of the club’s ‘Fab Four’ (Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane) more regularly.

9. AMR: Mohamed Salah

Quite probably the signing of the season. 

Salah has taken charge of the Reds attack, already contributing nine goals in the Premier League this season. 

Liverpool’s big summer signing came with a point to prove after failing to get a chance at Chelsea. All eyes will be on the Egyptian against his old club on Saturday evening.

10. AML: Eden Hazard

Hazard has returned from injury to once again establish himself as the Blues’ talisman.

Just like Coutinho, elite teams (including Real Madrid) are regularly linked with Chelsea’s creator in chief.

With six goals in his last seven in all competitions, who wouldn’t be interested in a player like Hazard?

11. ST: Alvaro Morata

Another summer arrival who has settled in seamlessly is Morata.

The Spaniard – who was always something of a bit part player at former clubs Juventus and Real Madrid – had big boots to fill at Stamford Bridge, replacing Diego Costa. However, with eight league goals already this term (including a hat-trick away at Stoke) he is looking like a shrewd purchase.