Chelsea take on Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup tonight – but which players make up a combined XI of the two clubs from the Premier League era?
Europe’s annual competition, which pits the Champions League winners against the Europa League victors, has never been contested by two English sides in its 47-year history.
But Liverpool’s triumph against Tottenham in the European Cup final on June 1 and Chelsea’s 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal in the continent’s second-tier tournament means they will go head-to-head in Istanbul tonight.
New Blues boss Frank Lampard will be hoping for an improvement from his side after seeing them lose 4-0 in his Prem bow away at Manchester United on Sunday, while Jurgen Klopp will expect more of the same from his Reds following their 4-1 win over newly-promoted Norwich on Friday.
And ahead of their showdown, Starsport have produced an all-time Premier League combined XI of the two sides.
GK: Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Now technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge, Cech is a comfortable choice in between the sticks given the history he wrote in his time as a player.
The former Czech Republic international holds the record for most clean sheets in a single Premier League season (24 in the 2004/05 campaign) and of all time (161).
He picked up four league winners’ medals in his days at Chelsea, while also saving two penalties in their famous 2012 Champions League shootout win against Bayern Munich.
RB: Branislav Ivanovic
Hardly an overwhelming list of greats to choose from in this position, but Ivanovic gets the nod above the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Steve Finnan and Paulo Ferreira.
The Serbian, now plying his trade at Zenit, made 377 appearances predominantly at right-back for Chelsea and managed to pop up with 37 goals – a decent tally for a defender.
He has three Premier League titles, as many FA Cups, a League Cup, a Europa League and that famous 2012 Champions League triumph to show for 10 years of solid service in west London.
CB: Jamie Carragher
Not every player in this hypothetical side qualifies as a true club legend, but Carragher certainly does.
After emerging through the Reds youth setup, the now Sky Sports pundit went onto make an astonishing 737 appearances in 17 years at Anfield as a professional.
Carragher never managed to clinch a Premier League title, yet he proved pivotal in their 2005 Champions League final triumph – which saw Liverpool famously fight back from 3-0 down to topple AC Milan on penalties.
CB: John Terry
Love him or loathe him, Terry stakes a claim to being the greatest Premier League defender of all.
The former England captain came through Chelsea’s academy to become their most decorated skipper of all time, winning five league titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League in 19 years with them as a professional.
Selecting Terry and Carragher as a centre-back partnership doesn’t exactly serve up an abundance of pace, but there’s no disputing either man’s inclusion.
LB: Ashley Cole
At the very peak of his powers it would not have been outlandish to suggest Cole was the greatest left-back in world football – so he comfortablY slots in at left-back ahead of the likes of John Arne Riise and Marcos Alonso.
He controversially traded London allegiances in 2006, leaving Arsenal to join Chelsea in a player-plus-cash deal that saw William Gallas head in the opposite direction.
Yet Cole did not go on to rue his decision, as the former England ace swept up four FA Cups, one Premier League title, one League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League in his time as a Blue.
CM: Frank Lampard
The new Chelsea boss had a debut to forget on Sunday in a 4-0 thrashing away at Manchester United, but it is not all doom and gloom for ‘Super Frank’ as he secures one of the places in our three-man midfield.
He has scored more goals than any midfielder in Premier League history (177), is fourth on the all-time list and has lifted the trophy three times – while his tally of 211 goals for the Blues puts him top of their record scoring charts.
Lampard, who finished second to Ronaldinho in the 2005 Ballon d’Or awards, was Terry’s right-hand man throughout his 13-year spell at the Bridge, yet it was the midfielder who captained them to Champions League glory in 2012 when JT saw red away at Barcelona in the semi-final.
CM: Steven Gerrard
‘Gerrard or Lampard?’ is one of English football’s million-dollar questions and could genuinely keep Chelsea and Liverpool fans locked in debate for hours on end – but we’ve steered clear of any controversy and picked both men in our side.
Stevie G may be ridiculed for blowing his best chance of winning the Premier League title when he infamously slipped against the Blues in 2014, yet his heroics as captain in the 2005 Champions League final, and inspirational leadership at Anfield for the best part of 12 years, means he walks into this XI.
He is the only player to score in an FA Cup final, a League Cup final, a UEFA Cup final and a Champions League final, winning on every occasion.
CM: N’Golo Kante
Without a doubt one of the toughest decisions to make in this fantasy team, Kante edges just ahead of Claude Makelele and Xabi Alonso because of the unique skill-set at his disposal.
Unlike Alonso he is yet to win the Champions League, and Makelele has had a position named after him, but the ever-smiling Frenchman offers one of the best engines in European football history and is potentially the world’s leading central midfielder right now.
He joined Chelsea from Leicester three years ago and made an instant impact in their 2016/17 Premier League triumph, and if surrounded by the players Makelele and Alonso were in midfield he would have more to show for his 143 appearances at the Bridge.
AM: Eden Hazard
Chelsea finally let Hazard join Real Madrid this summer and the Premier League has arguably lost its finest player in the process.
The Blues and Liverpool have a host of attacking midfielders or wingers who could have played in the No.10 position. Mohamed Salah, Gianfranco Zola, Joe Cole, Sadio Mane, Luis Garcia and Juan Mata are all unfortunate to miss out.
However, it is the brilliant Belgian who gets the nod; with his 352 appearances, 110 goals, two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, an FA Cup, a League Cup and – of course – mercurial talent enough to win us over.
FW: Fernando Torres
The only man selected who played for both clubs, we are definitely placing the Torres of Liverpool in this XI.
He may have no silverware to show off from his time at Anfield, yet the Spaniard was arguably the greatest out-and-out striker in world football at his peak – although Luis Suarez may feel hard done by here!
Torres bagged 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds before leaving in a stunning £50m deadline-day switch to Chelsea in January 2011 – and the less said about his time in SW6 the better.
FW: Didier Drogba
When he first joined the club for £24m in 2004, Chelsea fans failed to warm to Drogba, who bagged 16 goals in his first two seasons and was even jeered at the Bridge for his tendency to feign an injury.
Yet fast forward 15 years and the Ivorian powerhouse is potentially the greatest centre-forward in their history.
He boasts a record of 157 goals in 341 games for the Blues, but it was his knack of rising to the big occasion that truly cemented his iconic status in west London.
Drogba netted nine goals in nine cup finals at Chelsea, including a dramatic equaliser in their 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich – in which he bagged the winning penalty.
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