This week, new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly made a bold, and some would say misguided, proposal for the Premier League to introduce an all-star game of North vs. South, similar to those featured in a variety of sports in the United States.

It hasn't gone down well, given the ongoing debate around fixture congestion, and raises plenty of questions, even attracting the mockery of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp when he was asked about the idea in the aftermath of the club's win over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Boehly, who is also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, suggested that a North vs. South game could be used to financially benefit all levels of football in England, using MLB as an example as it "made $200 million from a Monday and a Tuesday."

But Klopp hit back, saying: "He forgets that in the big sports in America, these players have four-month breaks. It is completely different in football. What can I say? Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters [an American exhibition basketball team] as well and let them play against a football team?"

Some fans will hate the idea; some may think that it could replace the preseason Community Shield. In all likelihood, it will never happen. But based on current form, which players would be involved if an all-star game were announced right now? Mark Ogden and James Olley pick their North and South XIs, with no limitations on the number of players from one club.

 

Premier League North 

GK, Alisson (Liverpool): Alisson has been a rare bright spot for Jurgen Klopp's team this season. While many of his teammates are suffering a loss of form, the goalkeeper has been outstanding and edges out Manchester City rival (and fellow Brazil international) Ederson for the No. 1 spot.

 

RB, Kieran Trippier (Newcastle): With Trent Alexander-Arnold's form at Liverpool taking a nosedive, the right-back position is between Man City's Kyle Walker and Newcastle's Trippier. I've gone for Trippier, but it's a close pick. Trippier's set-piece ability swings it in his favour.

 

CB, Lisandro Martinez (Man United): This spot would usually go to Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, but he has been out of sorts, so I've gone for Martinez. The 24-year-old had a nightmare start at Manchester United after a €57.37 million summer move from Ajax, but he has overcome that and been outstanding alongside Raphael Varane at the heart of defence.

 

CB, Ruben Dias (Man City): The best centre-back in the Premier League right now and a true leader in defence for City. Understated, but totally reliable.

 

LB, Joao Cancelo (Man City): With Andy Robertson struggling for form at Liverpool and Luke Shaw out of the team at Manchester United, Cancelo has no rivals for this position. But even if they were all in top form, the Portugal international would still get the pick.

 

MID, Rodri (Man City): Every top team wants a world-class defensive midfielder, but City have the best in the Premier League with Rodri. Put him into the Liverpool or Manchester United teams and they would instantly become much stronger with the Spain international shielding the back four.

 

MID, Christian Eriksen (Man United): Eriksen has been one of the outstanding players of the season so far. His vision and calmness on the ball has led to comparisons to Paul Scholes at Old Trafford and his performances have been even more remarkable considering the battle he has had to endure to play again after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

 

MID, Kevin De Bruyne (Man City): The Belgium midfielder is an obvious selection. In terms of the greatest midfielders of the Premier League era, De Bruyne has earned his place alongside Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.