Liverpool vs Arsenal: All-Time Premier League Combined XI

A clash between Liverpool and Arsenal has more impetus than ever with both sides looking to salvage their Premier League seasons.
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Liverpool and Arsenal have had conflicting fortunes over the last couple of seasons with the two locking horns on Saturday.

The Reds have seen a meteoric rise under Jurgen Klopp that has seen them complete a European haul and win the Premier League in under 18 months.

However, since the departure of Arsene Wenger, the Gunners have slipped down the table under Unai Emery before he was replaced by Mikel Arteta. 

Both sides are fighting to salvage their season with the hosts looking to rise up the table with a win taking them to within a point of Liverpool.

The Premier League champions remain slightly confident of claiming a place in the top four.

If results go their way and continue their form in London, a win would see them move to within two points of the top four.

We asked LFCTR writers who would make the all-time combined Premier League XI between Liverpool and Arsenal. 

Will Morley (@whmorlers)

David Seaman has to go in goal, for me. He played at the highest level for so many years, winning three top-flight titles and four FA Cups along the way.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sol Campbell, Virgil van Dijk and Ashley Cole make up the back four. A defence that provides both attacking potencies as well as defensive solidity. Tony Adams and Jamie Carragher were unlucky to miss out. 

Steven Gerrard and Patrick Viera take my two central midfield spots. Some of the best players to ever grace the Premier League; their mix of determination, leadership and raw natural ability form a resounding partnership.

With two wider attacking midfielders: Dennis Bergkamp and Mohamed Salah. One was a player that made the game look so elegant and simple; the other is one of the deadliest attackers in the modern era. Robert Pires and Sadio Mane were also in contention. 

Liverpool and Arsenal have been blessed with their forwards over the years. Michael Owen, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez are all worthy candidates for my team. However, the sixth and seventh highest goalscorers in Premier League history, make the squad: Thierry Henry and Robbie Fowler. With 338 goals between them, it is only right they make the squad.

Combined XI (4-2-2-2): Seamen; Alexander-Arnold, Campbell, van Dijk, Cole; Gerrard, Viera, Bergkamp, Salah; Henry, Fowler.


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Michael Woods (@IAMMattWoods)

Liverpool and Arsenal have had some amazing players in the Premier League era.

David Seaman is the 'keeper of choice for me. 141 clean sheets in 344 appearances really says it all. Alisson Becker narrowly misses out.

Defensively, Virgil van Dijk at centre-back and Ashley Cole at left-back are obvious choices. 

Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, and Sami Hyypia are the ideal choices in the other positions. Having played for an undefeated side, we'll give it to Campbell. At right-back, I go with Trent Alexander-Arnold over Graham Le Saux. Alexander-Arnold has shown over the past 3 seasons he is one of the best young talents in world football.

In midfield, Dennis Bergkamp plays more advanced to provide for the front three (always saw him as a great distributor). Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard obviously take the other midfield spots; two of the greatest midfielders the Premier League has ever seen.

Luis Suarez leads the line, with Mohamed Salah and Thierry Henry out-wide. Good luck trying to stop that.

Combined XI (4-3-3): Seaman; Alexander-Arnold, Campbell, van Dijk, Cole; Vieira, Gerrard, Bergkamp; Salah, Suarez, Henry.


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Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom)

This is a really hard call, to be honest, with so many great players pulling on the jersey for both of these great clubs.

Some positions pick themselves, while others ponder some serious food for thought, but here goes.

Alisson Becker gets the nod in goal for me. It was definitely a straight shootout between him and David Seaman, but the big Brazilian has proven himself to be one of the best all-round keepers the league has ever seen.

Good with his feet, incredibly athletic and capable of putting in match-winning performances. He’s also been a huge part of the success of the club in recent years and, along with van Dijk, has helped transform Klopp’s defence.

Speaking of defence, I think these were the easiest choices I had to make.

At right-back, it’s Trent Alexander-Arnold for me every day. An honourable mention for Lauren of Arsenal who was a steady right back under Arsene Wenger, but Trent has it all.

He’s a similar all-rounder to the man I picked to play at left-back – Ashley Cole. What a phenomenal player he was. While my love for Andy Robertson runs deep, Cole was simply sublime and ahead of his time during his Arsenal days and is one of England’s finest defenders of all time.

At centre back, you can’t look past the colossus that is Virgil van Dijk, and I’d partner him with Sol Campbell. I was always in awe of Campbell’s ability in the air and in the tackle and there weren’t many players who could get past him.

Van Dijk is like a cheat code, he’s got everything. He’s arguably one of the greatest defenders in Premier League history, so he has to be included.

The midfield is where it starts getting tricky. Two names that need no explanation as to why they’re included are that of Patrick Viera and Steven Gerrard. Two incredible players that had it all and Gerrard is, for me, the league’s best-ever midfielder. Simple.

I’ve opted to go with Xabi Alonso alongside them for the reason that he, like van Dijk and Alisson, helped to transform Liverpool’s midfield. He would have walked into any team in the world, and it was heart-breaking when he left for Real Madrid. For that reason, he trumps Gilberto Silva for me.

The forward line is again incredibly difficult to pick, but with two absolute certs. Theirry Henry and Mohamed Salah are two of the best we’ll ever see so have to be included. I’ve chosen Sadio Mané to accompany them over Robert Pires just because I think Mané has more about his game.

He’s more powerful and direct than Pires, personally speaking, and we all know just how good the Senegalese international is - he’s unstoppable on his day.

Just imagine the goals this front three would score!

Combined XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Campbell, van Dijk, Cole; Alonso, Viera, Gerrard; Salah, Herny, Mané.