Starting XI: How should Liverpool line up against West Ham?

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Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi 

While we may have missed a small opportunity on Wednesday, it’s still another point gained in a title race where any advantage must be seen as a positive.

With City taking on Arsenal this weekend, there is, of course, a hope that the Gunners can assist us as they battle for a place in the top four, but it’s not something we should be relying on – especially given their injury crisis.

That said, if Liverpool can take all three points against West Ham, the gap will at least still be five points.

Away from their days under Big Sam, the Hammers now look to play football – which they will hopefully stay true to against the Reds on Monday.

 

Milner or Henderson? Henderson didn’t do too bad at right back against Leicester, he contributed well statistically – but at times his positioning could have been better (expected when not in his natural position). Experience will be key in this one – which means Milner comes back in.

 

Keita showed why he is much more effective from the middle – this will be a game that suits him. Wijnaldum will allow Keita to get forward as he transitions the play from defence to attack – but the difficulty is deciding who plays as the six.

 

Henderson and Fabinho have both been strong recently, but it felt like Fabinho’s presence was missed against Leicester. The Brazilian starts this one – with Henderson a strong option from the bench when shutting the game down.

 

Firmino leads the line, supported by Mane and Salah.

 

The key to this game will be to not panic. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have conceded nine goals in their last three games; including four against AFC Wimbledon. This could mean that the Hammers opt for a more pragmatic approach, but regardless of that, we will get chances. Take them.

 

Score prediction: West Ham 1 – 3 Liverpool

Scorers: Keita, Firmino, Salah

 

Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi 

How does Paul think that Jurgen Klopp will select the side? Check out the Starting XI Prediction Show below.

 

 

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