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Carabao Cup

Chelsea and Liverpool's combined XI

27 February 2022

It's Carabao Cup final day as Chelsea gear up to face Liverpool at Wembley. To whet the appetite,, using their unique rating system from all competitions this season, provide their combined XI.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) - 7.20 rating

Kepa Arrizabalaga gets the nod between the sticks in this combined XI and is one of only three Chelsea players to make the cut. The Spaniard has been Thomas Tuchel's number one shotstopper in the Carabao Cup this season and for good reason with Kepa a master in games that go the distance having made more penalty shootout saves (7) than any other goalkeeper in Chelsea's history.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) - 7.44 rating

Liverpool dominate this combined XI and for good reason. The Reds have been exceptional across all competitions this season with Trent Alexander-Arnold crucial. He has registered 15 assists in 2021/22 and will have another key role to play in Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) - 7.18 rating

When fit, Joel Matip is one of the first names on the Liverpool teamsheet and having performed admirably in their Carabao Cup semi-final success over Arsenal, it would be a surprise if he were to miss out on a spot at the heart of the defence for the Reds at Wembley.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - 7.23 rating

One of the best centre-backs on the planet, Virgil van Dijk partners Joel Matip at the heart of the defence in the combined XI. The Dutchman has been a towering presence at the back once more this season, returning an aerial success rate of 76.3%. Chelsea will find it difficult to beat Van Dijk in the air if they do go direct on Sunday.

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) - 7.20 rating

It's an all-Liverpool backline as Andrew Robertson rounds off the backline. The other half of the Reds' flying full-back duo, the Scot has chipped in with 11 assists in all competitions this season, a fine return for Robertson to help earn rating of 7.20.

Fabinho (Liverpool) - 7.09 rating

The ball winner in this combined XI, Fabinho was predictably imperious in Liverpool's semi-final win over Arsenal, managing seven tackles across the two legs. After earning the man of the match award in Liverpool's last domestic cup game, fans are hoping for a repeat at Chelsea's expense.

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) - 7.16 rating

Partnering Fabinho at the base of this midfield is Chelsea's second representative in Mateo Kovacic. The Croat bagged a goal of the season contender when these two faced off at Stamford Bridge last month, that one of two goals he has netted in 2021/22, and supporters will be begging for more of the same at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - 7.81 rating

The highest rated player between both teams in this combined XI, Mohamed Salah has been superb for Liverpool this season, netting 27 goals and providing 10 assists in all competitions. The Egyptian has scored in the last two meetings with his former employers - Will it be third time the charm on Sunday?

Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) - 7.17 rating

The third and final Chelsea player to make the side, Hakim Ziyech's Blues career hasn't gone quite according to plan following his arrival from Ajax, but Thomas Tuchel's decision to move to a four-man defence has seen the Moroccan show the kind of form that saw him shoot to prominence in the Eredivisie.

Luis Diaz (Liverpool) - 7.61 rating

Liverpool's high-profile January arrival features in place of Sadio Mane on the left flank. Granted, Luis Diaz's superb Liga Bwin performances saw him edge Mane out wide, yet even in a Liverpool shirt, the Colombian has shown why the Reds made their move for the winger in January rather than wait until the summer and risk missing out on one of their top targets.

Diogo Jota (Liverpool) - 7.26 rating

Leading the charge in this Carabao Cup combined XI is Liverpool hitman Diogo Jota. The Portuguese forward has scored 17 times in all competitions for Liverpool this season, three of which have come in three Carabao Cup appearances. Jota scored both goals in their second leg 2-0 win at Arsenal last month, and has netted three times in the capital in 2021/22.

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