Liverpool versus Leeds combined XI - three Leeds players make the cut

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his sides second goal

Liverpool host Leeds this evening in their EFL Cup quarter final.

Leeds travel to play Liverpool in the EFL Cup this evening with a place in the semi-final up for grabs. Both sides have been in good form in their respective leagues, with Liverpool sitting in second place in the Premier League with 30 points, while Leeds are fifth in the Championship with 29 points. 

Both sides have aspirations of success this season with Liverpool chasing the title and Leeds trying to make a return to England's top league. The contest this evening could prove to be an enthralling one, testing how far Leeds have come, and how good Liverpool really are.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Jurgen KloppLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

With the game in mind, we have compiled a team comprising of Liverpool and Leeds' available players:

Loris Karius

The choices in goal are rather slim with none of the three available players in particularly good form this season. Simon Mignolet has lost his first team place to Loris Karius, however, the German has not looked particularly safe. Robert Green is another man that has not been consistently reliable in goal with his howler to let Dwight Gayle score his latest gaff.

Nathaniel Clyne

Clyne is one of the most impressive right-backs in the league on his day with his pace and intelligence making him as potent an attacker as he is a defender. With the slightly more defensive minded James Milner on the other side of the defence, Clyne's attacking ability has become more important for Klopp's side.

Pontus Jansson

Leeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goalLeeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goal

Jansson has been one of the outstanding players in the Championship this season. His high performances and natural ability have helped to shore up Leeds' previously leaky defence and, after his inclusion, Leeds have turned into a promotion chasing side. He is a certain starter in this team.

Joel Matip

Matip was one that went under the radar for Liverpool and many assumed he was likely to be yet another defensive calamity at Anfield. However, he has been an absolute rock at the back with his power and pace meaning he is a very well rounded centre-half, and he is a huge contributing factor as to why the Reds have only conceded 14 goals in the league. 

James Milner

Mr versatility. Milner can play on the wing, in midfield or as a full-back, meaning he has become a mainstay of the Liverpool team. His unerringly accurate penalties and good delivery from set pieces also mean he adds a threat from dead ball situations to go with his incredible engine.

Emre Can

The German is a man reborn under Klopp with his versatility making him a very valuable player for Liverpool. His power in midfield is vital, while his ability on the ball and passing range make him a very dangerous proposition to deal with. 

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the gameLiverpool's Jordan Henderson 

The England midfielder and captain of Liverpool is another player that is a certain starter. When fit, he showcases his endless energy, passing range and intelligent running. He provides a very good balance alongside the more offensively talented Can too.

Kemar Roofe

Roofe makes the team purely on his last outing. The pacy winger has struggled to get into the Leeds' team so far, but he seems to have found a place in the side behind Chris Wood. If Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino or Adam Lallana were fit, they would get the nod, however, his strong last performance and the injuries to Liverpool's stars see him sneak into the team.

Georginio Wijnaldum

The former Newcastle midfielder has not had the best start to his Anfield career with some anonymous displays meaning he is not a certain starter right now. However, on his day he is superb and, if he can replicate his form from different points last season, then he will only make Liverpool's attack better.

Sadio Mane

Liverpool's Saido Mane in actionLiverpool's Saido Mane 

Pace, power and goals. Mane has been one of Liverpool's outstanding players this term and he gives the Reds the lightning fast edge they need.

Chris Wood

The struggles of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi this season mean that they are not in the best of form going into this game with the former currently out injured. Chris Wood is therefore the man that should lead the line as he scored again in their win over Rotherham, taking his tally for the season to nine. His power and turn of pace make him a very difficult man to stop, and he has been the focal point of Leeds' promotion push this season.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

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