Chelsea headline Super Sunday as they host high-flying Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League’s late kick-off.
Frank Lampard secured his second domestic victory in style, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 but came quickly back down to earth after losing 1-0 to Valencia in the UEFA Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men tasted parallel fortunes; after beating Newcastle United 3-1 in the league, they were subject to a 2-0 loss at he hands of Napoli in the European competition.
Chelsea and Liverpool have already locked horns in the UEFA Super Cup, the latter running out eventual winners and Blues boss Lampard will have a similarly sizeable test to overcome; The Reds have a 100% record thus far in the league, having lost just once since May.
Below we have created a Chelsea and Liverpool combined eleven, using statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com.
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) 6.34
Now into his second spell at Chelsea since becoming the world’s most expensive keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga is yet to keep a clean sheet under Lampard, recording 13 in the league for former boss Maurizio Sarri.
He has bought into his new manager’s playing style; no goalie has made more accurate short passes (92).
Centre-back: Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) 7.66
Fikayo Tomori marked his third senior Chelsea appearance with an unanticipated thunderbolt in the hammering of Wolves and looks set to stay at the heart of the defence.
Of centre-backs to have played less than three games, Tomori has attempted the most passes (168), long (seven) and short (145).
Centre-back: Joel Matip (Liverpool) 7.63
Understandably, a certain Dutchman will get all the plaudits for Liverpool’s rear-guard resilience, however, Joel Matip has silenced his own critics with strong performances and is a favourite of Klopp.
He is only one of five centre-backs to have scored this season and he is joint-sixth for aerial duals won (23).
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) 7.41
That Dutchman in question is none other than the UEFA Player of the Year and front runner for the Ballon D’or; Virgil van Dijk shows no signs of slowing down.
He is joint-second amongst centre halves for aerial duals won (27) and second behind Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld for attempted passes (Alderweireld 425, van Dijk 388).
Right-wing back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 7.27
As Liverpool lead the way towards their first league title since 1990, fewer on Merseyside want to succeed more than their local lad, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 20-year-old is going the right way for a winner’s medal; no player has registered more key passes than the right-back (21).
Centre-midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea) 7.82
Another young English talent who is flourishing into something special is Mason Mount, whose first taste of top division football has been a sweet one.
His three goals have been accompanied with nine shots from outside the box, a joint-high in the league.
Centre-midfield: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 8.02
Now the highest scoring Brazilian in English Premier League history, ‘Bobby’ Firmino has firmly cemented himself as one of the finest finds from South America to grace English shores.
It may be his teammates that grab the goals (Firmino has two himself) but he is the glue that sticks Liverpool’s attack together; no player has had more shots than the Reds no.9 (19).
Left-wing back: Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) 7.57
With Lampard reverting to a 3-4-3, Emerson will be given more licence to expressive himself further afield, if he can retain his place after suffering a small injury on international duty.
The Italian has every right to take his spot back from Marcos Alonso; no left-back has made more interceptions than Emerson (10).
Forward: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 7.78
Mo Salah is never far away from the Golden Boot, after sharing the prize in 2018/2019, the Egyptian has already bagged himself four goals.
Unsurprisingly, all have been scored with his left foot, which he has taken 13 shots with, more than any of his fellow lefties.
Forward: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) 7.71
Tammy Abraham truly announced himself and silenced any doubters with his hat-trick against Wolves, with one eye surely on Gareth Southgate’s next England selection.
He is now the joint-top scorer in the league along with Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (seven), doing so from eight shots on target.
Forward: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 7.69
Sadio Mane and Mo Salah’s fallout from August is distant memory, as they both found their mark in the win over Newcastle United, with Mane at the double.
Despite also scoring on four occasions, Mane has demonstrated to help his team going the other way, having made the joint-second most interceptions of any forward player (five).
By Nathaniel Kay