Ray Parlour has chosen his Liverpool-Arsenal combined XI ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield.
Only two Liverpool players could make the Arsenal starting XI, according to Ray Parlour.
The former Gunners midfielder held nothing back while discussing his chosen starting 11 of Liverpool and Arsenal players for NetBet based on each team’s current form and fitness.
Ray Parlour’s combined Liverpool-Arsenal XI
🧤 Goalkeeper: Ramsdale
🥅 Defenders: Gabriel, Van Dijk; White, Zinchenko
“Looking at the current form, it has to be all Arsenal, except for Virgil van Dijk. I know he isn’t playing great, but you would get him in alongside Gabriel, no disrespect to Rob Holding, and with William Saliba currently out injured.
“Liverpool don’t get many spaces. You’ve got Aaron Ramsdale in goal, I am happy with Ben White at right-back, he’s a good defender and has done so well this season. At left-back, Oleksandr Zinchenko has been brilliant.
“I love Andy Robertson, he’s a good player, but Zinchenko has been one of Arsenal’s best players in recent weeks. I’d certainly rather have White and Zinchenko over Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.”
⚽ Midfielders: Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard
“In midfield, Thomas Partey has been excellent, and you can’t leave Martin Odegaard out the way he’s been playing. Nobody from Liverpool’s midfield gets in.
“Partey, Granit Xhaka and Odegaard, as a three, they work so well together, and I can’t see how the likes of Jordan Henderson or Fabinho get in the way they are playing.”
👟 Wingers: Saka, Martinelli
“You would also still have to find a spot for Mohamed Salah, but you can’t leave Bukayo Saka out and Gabriel Martinelli is playing well so it is an awkward one.”
9️⃣ Striker: Salah
“With Gabriel Jesus having recently come back from injury, I would put Salah up front over the Brazilian. You’ve got to get Salah in there somehow – he could play as a false number nine upfront with Saka and Martinelli on the wing – as Jesus has only just come back,” Parlour concluded.
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