Chelsea and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head on Friday night, with three invaluable Premier League points on offer at Stamford Bridge.

Each side has ambitions of being in the title mix come May, with some signs so far in 2016-17 that both the Blues and the Reds can be challengers this season.

However, purely hypothetical, a combined team between the best players in the Liverpool and Chelsea ranks would take some stopping.

Both Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp are blessed with significant quality in their respective squads but collectively a side combined of the two teams would be a major force.

In goal it would be a battle of the Belgians, but Thibaut Courtois would get the nod over compatriot Simon Mignolet.

Cesar Azpilicueta would solve Liverpool’s left-back dilemma, while Chelsea’s John Terry and Gary Cahill seem like a more settled combination than the Reds can offer. Nathaniel Clyne’s mobility gets him a starting berth at right-back.

In midfield a mix of Jordan Henderson and N’Golo Kante has the right blend of energy, tenacity and ability on the ball – but ahead of that is where the real selection headaches start.

Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho would get into most teams in world football and deserve a place here, while Sadio Mane’s pace gets the nod, just, over Willian’s invention.

Diego Costa on current form is unplayable and leads the line.

Chelsea-Liverpool combined XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Clyne, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kante, Henderson; Mane, Coutinho, Hazard; Costa


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