Liverpool vs AS Roma: Combined XI
Forming an XI of the best players from Liverpool and AS Roma
As the Champions League resumes for its semi-finals, Liverpool and AS Roma battle it out in what's clearly a match-up of two underdogs. The teams have made it thus far surpassing all the odds, but won't rest on their laurels.
There's more history to be made, and neither of them would be pulling any punches in the quest.
Even if we have a European classic in the other fixture, this one too promises to be a thriller. Liverpool's blistering attack, Roma's indomitable spirit, Mohammed Salah's much-anticipated reunion et al, would all have a say in the final outcome of the game.
Not to mention the array of talented footballers in both camps, that's set to produce intriguing key battles too.
But how would they look when clubbed together in one team-sheet? Let's have a look. The team featuring the combined best XI of Liverpool and AS Roma with a 4-3-3 formation.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
The AS Roma shot-stopper has been a revelation this season, starting every league and Champions League game and dispatching a string of impressive performances.
Becker has more than just replaced the Juventus-bound Wojciech Szczesny, and his interventions would be crucial against a blistering Liverpool side.
The Brazilian has registered 21 saves in Europe so far, the joint-highest whilst also maintaining five clean-sheets, the second most.
Becker is seen to command his box with authority and never shies away from throwing himself on the line whenever the need be.
His distribution skills too, deserve a mention - his 80% in Serie A isn't matched by any goalkeeper.
Among the likes of Edin Dzeko, Daniel de Rossi and the likes, he's often the unsung hero in the team. But his importance to their fortunes can never be overstated.