Liverpool and West Ham meet at Anfield this Saturday evening in the Premier League. We’ve had a look at the likely starting lineup Jürgen Klopp may go with for this fixture.
The Reds are without Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho for this game. It’s also believed that Klopp will not risk Joël Matip, Thiago Alcântara, Naby Keïta or Kostas Tsimikas.
With Liverpool’s hectic fixture schedule this season and the injuries they have already suffered, it’s completely understandable and 100% sensible for Klopp to not risk anyone that is not fully fit or completely recovered from a previous injury problem. The likes of Matip, Thiago and Keïta are going to play a huge part this season so rushing them back now is not a sensible solution.
Alisson returned in goals for Liverpool last weekend against Sheffield United. He played again on Tuesday against FC Midtjylland and looks to be in perfect condition. He should start again on Saturday evening.
In defence, Klopp is now without Van Dijk, Fabinho and Matip. That leaves a likely centre-back pairing of Joe Gomez and Rhys Williams. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will take their normal positions on either flank.
Klopp could opt for a 4-2-3-1 shape again, allowing two holding midfielders – Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum so sit deep and provide additional cover for the young centre-backs.
The three attacking midfielders will be the in-form Diogo Jota alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. They’ll provide the support for our out-and-out striker Mohamed Salah.
Predicted Liverpool lineup (4-2-3-1) vs West Ham United: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Williams, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Jota, Firmino, Mané; Salah
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