Starting XI: How Should Liverpool Lineup Against West Ham?

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Article by Adam Brown @ScouseAdamMV

The Premier League is finally back. What is even better, is that Jurgen Klopp has created a side which looks to be one of Liverpool’s strongest of the Premier League era. The Reds are ready to challenge for silverware, entering this year’s campaign in the same manner as Chris Pajak’s excellent WWE-esque Dublin introduction.

Formation: 4-3-3

GK) Alisson

Liverpool have finally acquired an established number one who can hopefully be the Reds goalkeeper for years to come.

RB) Clyne

With Trent returning from the World Cup, Clyne has a chance to reclaim his spot in the side. As always, competition is healthy for any successful club.

CB) Gomez 

The Reds are pretty thin in terms of depth at centreback with neither Lovren nor Matip available. Still, a Gomez-VVD partnership should be more than solid enough.

CB) van Dijk

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LB) Robertson

Liverpool’s main man at fullback, despite Moreno’s improved form.

CDM) Fabinho 

For home games this season against lesser opposition, Klopp will only need to deploy one of Fabinho or Henderson in the six. The Brazilian has a chance to show how much he adds to the Liverpool side in this game. We will, of course, need to see the seriousness of Fabinho’s recent injury in training.

CM) Wijnaldum

With Gini’s goalscoring form in pre-season, it makes sense to start him against a West Ham side who could look to play more football this season with heavy investment into the Hammers’ attack. Should Fabinho not be able to play, however, Gini will likely play in the 6, with James Milner being called upon into central midfield – sporting his protective headband.

CM) Keita

One of Liverpool’s smartest pieces of business in recent years Keita could start for any team in the world.

RW) Salah

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ST) Sturridge

Sturridge has done more than enough to deserve a start in a side where Firmino has not long returned from international duty.

LW) Mané

Mané is looking sharp this pre-season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him better his 20 goal tally from the last campaign.

Despite a few injury concerns and players returning home late, the Liverpool squad is more than good enough to defeat West Ham on Sunday. Perhaps the most promising aspect of this season’s squad is the strength in depth particularly how the strength of our bench has improved; Firmino and Shaqiri are excellent options to bring on later on in the game.

Article by Adam Brown @ScouseAdamMV

How does Chris think Jurgen Klopp will select the side? The starting XI prediction show is back. Check out the video below.


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