Ahead of Liverpool’s must-win game when they meet rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, we’ve drawn up a combined XI.

The Reds are currently on a downward trajectory – having failed to win a single game in the league in 2017. Their solitary win this year in all competitions was a tame 1-0 win at Home Park against League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

This turgid run has seen Liverpool drop down to fifth place, slipping out of the top four. Consequently, this makes this game all but a must-win for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Their unbeaten run against sides inside the top six will offer some respite – however, a draw or a defeat could derail Liverpool’s season further.

Tottenham meanwhile, are currently runners-up and sit nine points behind leaders Chelsea. Although it is mathematically possible for Spurs to catch Chelsea, realistically it’s unlikely that the former will overtake the latter. Tottenham’s good form since the turn of the year puts them in pole position over the Reds.

Their 1-0 win against Middlesbrough hints at a spine, mettle & grit to edge past ‘lesser’ teams – something Klopp’s side have struggled for.

This combined XI is sure to be an interesting one, with both differing in fortunes lately. Here’s how our combined XI would pan out…

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