Graphic: Liverpool and Leicester City combined XI

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How would a Liverpool and Leicester City combined XI look like?

Liverpool take on Leicester City at Anfield in arguably the outstanding fixture on Boxing Day.

The Foxes head into the clash top of the Premier League table, establishing their place as the surprise leaders following an enthralling 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

There just seems no letting up from Claudio Ranieri’s men, and recent victories against Chelsea and Everton prove that their position is by no means a fluke.

Liverpool, in contrast, find themselves in ninth position as they missed out on the chance to close the gap on the top four to two points after suffering a disappointing 3-0 defeat Watford.

It’s remarkable the tale of both teams thus far and on current form Leicester are arguably favourites. As such, a combined XI at present would largely be dominated by the visitors.

As per the graphic above, seven Leicester players make up the team though there are a few contentious decisions which could have easily seen more Leicester players feature.

Kasper Schmeichel gets the nod over Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet, though if Leicester do have one potential weakness this season it is a defence which has conceded 24 goals in 17 matches.

Still, Robert Huth has been superb for the Foxes as has Danny Simpson – the right-back averaging 4.7 clearances and 3.2 interceptions per Premier League fixture.

Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel gets a place in the team, despite his poor recent performance against Watford, while Alberto Moreno has been one of the Reds’ better players this season.

Leicester duo Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante have been one of the best midfield partnerships in the league this season, providing great defensive solidarity and intelligence on the ball.

While Jordan Henderson and James Milner are arguably better players, on current form they miss out to Lucas Leiva as the Brazilian has become a pivotal player under Jurgen Klopp.

Philippe Coutinho is the Merseysiders’ outstanding talent, scoring five goals and adding a further three assists in 14 league appearances – justifying his place in the team.

And to complete the eleven is deadly duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez – the two players scoring a whopping 28 goals between them which is eight more than the entire Liverpool team combined.

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