Premier League football returns in midweek with a full round of fixtures, the latest round of action headlined by league leaders Tottenham travelling to face the champions at Anfield.
Both sides are currently locked together on points at the top of the division with the north London side leading on goal difference, their trip to Merseyside a stern examination of their credentials as potential title challengers under Jose Mourinho.
Ahead of a huge clash between the Premier League‘s top two, we’ve decided to put together the two squads and compile our dream XI from the stars available for selection tomorrow.
Here is the Football Faithful’s Liverpool and Spurs combined XI:
Goalkeeper: Alisson – Liverpool
Alisson takes our goalkeeping position ahead of Hugo Lloris, with the Liverpool goalkeeper recognised by many as the finest number one in the Premier League.
The Brazil international signed for the Reds in what was at the time a world-record deal from Roma, though it has proven well worth the huge investment given his performances since moving to Merseyside.
Alisson won the Premier League’s Golden Glove during his debut season in addition to helping Jurgen Klopp’s side to Champions League success, before starring as Liverpool were crowned as Premier League champions last season.
Lloris has been in excellent form during Jose Mourinho’s time with the north Londoners and the World Cup winner is a fine goalkeeper, though he is edged by Alisson here with the latter often making the difficult seem effortlessly simple.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Liverpool’s rampaging right-back is yet to produce his finest performances so far this season but remains one of the best in the business, having set all forms of records since coming through the academy ranks at Anfield.
Alexander-Arnold broke the single season assist record for a defender during the 2018/19 campaign before eclipsing his own landmark last season, registering 13 assists during the Reds’ title-winning campaign to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year.
Already a Champions League and Premier League winner at just 22-years-old, the sky is seemingly the limit for the 22-year-old who has become an irreplaceable figure for Jurgen Klopp’s style and system.
Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham
Toby Alderweireld has returned from a difficult spell at Tottenham to re-establish himself as a prominent figure in the Spurs side, thriving alongside the ever-improving Eric Dier in a deeper defensive line under Jose Mourinho.
The Belgium international has formed part of the Premier League’s best defence so far this season, conceding just 10 goals in their opening 12 fixtures to move top of the division.
Mourinho’s preference for a pragmatic and counter-attacking approach has been demonstrated once more with Spurs’ displays in crucial clashes against Manchester City and Chelsea, keeping clean sheets in both contests.
Alderweireld will once again be crucial to the club’s hopes of securing a positive result at Liverpool, a side whose unbeaten home record in the league stretches back to April 2017.
Centre-back: Fabinho – Liverpool
Liverpool have seen their title aspirations dented following a succession of injuries to key personnel, with first-choice centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez expected to miss the majority of the season with serious knee injuries.
After also failing to replace the departed Dejan Lovren during the summer, Fabinho has been utilised in an unfamiliar central defensive role alongside Joel Matip and has taken to the positional change admirably.
Liverpool have conceded just one goal from open play in six league fixtures that Fabinho has started in defence so far this season and the 27-year-old has quickly become the leader of the backline, the responsibility on his shoulders set to increase further following another injury setback for Matip.
Left-back: Andy Robertson – Liverpool
Andy Robertson has made the left-back position his own since moving to Liverpool three years ago and is now recognised amongst the finest players in the world in his position, the Scotland captain a complete full-back package with his defensive strength and ability to influence the play further forward.
The 26-year-old has become a firm fans’ favourite on Merseyside due to his committed displays and relentless running power, surging forward from deep as part of Liverpool’s lauded full-back pairing.
Robertson has provided double figures for assists in each of the past two seasons and has three during the 2020/21 campaign to date, the star amongst the first names on the Reds’ team sheet for his consistency and creative class.
Midfield: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Tottenham
Jose Mourinho moved to strengthen his squad this summer with a number of exciting additions, headlined by the return of former favourite Gareth Bale seven years after his world-record move to Real Madrid.
Whilst Bale has remained largely on the fringes for the north London side to date, it is another summer signing who has quickly cemented his position as an irreplaceable figure in the side.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg arrived from Southampton and has instantly improved the spine of the Spurs side, leading the Premier League for tackles won and showing his ability to pick progressive passes, ranking fourth for passes into the final third.
The Denmark international has added personality to the club’s engine room and is the type of character Mourinho will appreciate, the 25-year-old edging out the often under-appreciated Georginio Wijnaldum on current form.
Midfield: Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
Partnering Hojbjerg in our two-man midfield is Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, a player whose importance to the champions is now being recognised by those outside of Anfield.
Henderson has had no shortage of detractors throughout his career but has overcome obstacles with application and attitude, often setting the tempo for the Reds with his energy and drive and providing both leadership and organisation.
The 30-year-old was named as the FWA Footballer of the Year last season and Liverpool compiled a 90% winning ratio with the England international in the side, a figure which tellingly dropped to just 50% in his absence.
Right-wing: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Mohamed Salah continues to set records tumbling as the chief goal threat of the current Liverpool side, recently becoming the Reds’ all-time leading scorer in the Champions League.
It was yet another landmark in the career of a player who has starred since moving to Merseyside three-and-a-half years ago, scoring 107 goals in 171 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.
Those goals have led to Premier League and Champions League winners’ medals, in addition to winning two Golden Boots and a PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year double following a record-breaking 2017/18 campaign.
Salah is prolific and purposeful with his electric attacking movement and remains one of the most productive wide forwards in world football, the 28-year-old firmly in the race to finish as the league’s leading scorer for a third time after netting 10 goals in just 11 Premier League appearances this season.
Left-wing: Sadio Mane – Liverpool
Featuring on the opposite flank is Sadio Mane, who despite stuttering of late remains one of the most exhilarating wide talents in world football.
The Senegalese international was named as the Premier League’s Player of the Season last term following his role in Liverpool’s title success, scoring 20+ goals in all competitions for the third successive campaign and delivering at several vital moments.
Mane’s mix of lightning pace, trickery and relentless intensity have made him a key weapon in the Reds’ attacking armoury, the 28-year-old a player who battles intently and is capable of leaving defenders in his wake.
Mane has now scored 84 goals since moving to the Premier League and is the fourth-highest scoring African player in the division’s history, Didier Drogba’s record of 104 goals now firmly in his sights.
Forward: Son Heung-Min – Tottenham
We’ve chosen to move Son Heung-Min into a centre-forward position in order to accommodate Mane on the left-hand side, with the South Korean a brilliantly talented and versatile attacking option.
Son has been a regular source of goals since signing for Spurs five-and-a-half years ago, but has taken his game to new heights this season, scoring 10 goals and providing four assists in just 11 league appearances to fire the north London side to the top of the division.
His double-act with Harry Kane has been a key component of the club’s charge to the summit, the duo forming the most fruitful partnership in European football at present.
Kane has assisted Son 8 times in the Premier League this season. 🤝
Son has assisted Kane 4 times in the Premier League this season. 🤝
Good enough duo to take Tottenham to the title. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oKikXeupoE
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) December 13, 2020
Son’s evolution from great player into one of the Premier League’s best has been impressive and he holds the key to Spurs’ hopes of pushing for the title this season, his mix of pace and predatory instinct irreplaceable to Jose Mourinho.
Forward: Harry Kane – Tottenham
It’s an all-Spurs strike-force in our combined side with Harry Kane partnering Son in attack, the duo having dovetailed superbly over the opening weeks of the campaign.
Kane has enjoyed an incredible start to the season and has seen his role change under Jose Mourinho, dropping deeper to provide a creative threat whilst retaining his ability to score prolifically.
The 27-year-old has provided a staggering 19 goal involvements in just 12 league fixtures this season, scoring nine goals in addition to providing a league-leading 10 assists, eight of which have resulted in Son goals.
Kane has fired a further six goals in European competition and looks well placed to win a host of individual accolades on current form, though it will be the Premier League and major silverware at the forefront of his ambitions this season.
Few would bet against Spurs ending their wait for a major trophy given the performances of their prolific partnership in attack, Kane in contention to become just the third player in history to score 20+ goals and provide 20+ assists in a single season in one of Europe’s top five leagues.