Premier League leaders Liverpool will hope to continue their winning run in the top flight when they face a tough encounter against West Ham United away at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.
This is the Reds’ game in hand over their rivals. It was initially supposed to be played on December 22, but got postponed because of their commitment to winning the Club World Cup.
On the other hand, David Moyes’ West Ham are struggling for form at the moment. However, they are expected to fight it out against the European champions and hope to nick a positive result.
So, we can anticipate a proper physical battle between both teams, with Liverpool aiming to clinch a result as they bid to increase their lead at the top of the table.
In terms of their team news, Sadio Mane is out for this game but is set to be back after the mid-season break. Elsewhere, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner are yet to return to full team training.
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Here’s how we think Jurgen Klopp may line his side up.
GK - Alisson
After getting a rest from the FA Cup game, we predict Alisson to be back in goal for the midweek clash against the Hammers. He’ll hope to secure another clean sheet.
RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent was an unused substitute in the game against Shrewsbury. He is in line to slot straight back into the team on Wednesday night.
CB - Joe Gomez
Gomez has been in great form since partnering with Virgil van Dijk. He is probably one of the first names on the teamsheet in league games these days.
CB - Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman is set to start at the back on Wednesday, hoping to resume his clean sheet habits after conceding one against Wolves. He’s a shoo-in for this side.
LB - Andy Robertson
Robertson’s form has been slightly up and down in the last few games. He got a much-needed break from the FA Cup game, so is set to start.
CDM - Jordan Henderson
Captain Henderson’s form in defensive midfield has been close to irreplaceable. He is set to lead the team out at the London Stadium playing in that position.
RCM - Naby Keita
Keita was back in full first-team training last week. He should get a chance from the start on Wednesday, replacing an out-of-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
LCM - Georginio Wijnaldum
He is Liverpool’s key player in midfield. Wijnaldum is a must-starter in games where winning the physical battle is necessary.
RW - Mohamed Salah
With Sadio Mane out for a couple of games, the onus is on Salah to take up the scoring mantle and not waste chances in the final third. The Egyptian’s record against West Ham is fairly good, and he will be aiming to enhance that on Wednesday.
ST - Roberto Firmino
Firmino has been Liverpool’s hero in away games in the past couple of months. He is set to lead the line against the Hammers, hoping to continue his streak.
LW - Divock Origi
With Mane out, Origi might replace him in the team for this game and against Southampton. The Belgian wasn’t at his best on Sunday against Shrewsbury. However, he doesn’t need many chances to score goals and make a difference.