How Liverpool Will Line Up Against West Ham United


Liverpool left it late in the Champions League in midweek, but their 2-1 victory over the Bulgarian side Ludogorets at Anfield is bound to have raised confidence following a less than spectacular beginning to domestic action.

The Reds have won two and lost two of their four Premier League matches so far, with their most recent defeat coming last Saturday evening in a limp performance at home to Aston Villa.

The Reds will hope to bounce back from that at West Ham on Saturday, but how will they line up for the clash?

Here’s how Brendan Rodgers could play it:

 

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet

The Ludogorets game was another uncomfortable evening for Simon Mignolet, who must have thought that he’d blown Liverpool’s chance of taking the three points when his charge from goal allowed Dani Abalo in for the stoppage time equaliser.

With the apparent signing of Victor Valdes still a month or so away, Mignolet is still without any serious competition, and so Rodgers can do nothing more than back his No. 1 and hope he repays his confidence.

 

Defence: Javier Manquillo, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno

Whilst some of Liverpool’s new signings have taken time to settle, their two young full-backs have instantly impressed supporters with their work-rate and ability to get up and down the pitch.

Alberto Moreno was voted as the fans’ man of the match against Ludogorets – where he set up the goal for Mario Balotelli – whilst Javier Manquillo’s late run into the box is what won the last gasp penalty and turned one point into three.

Martin Skrtel should return here after missing the last couple of matches through injury, with the Slovakian replacing Mamadou Sakho at the back and partnering Dejan Lovren.

 

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Midfield: Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson

The absences of the injured Joe Allen and Emre Can cannot be underestimated at Upton Park, where Rodgers would probably have liked to copy the recent setup he produced at Tottenham which led to a 3-0 victory.

Without the more in-favour pair, Lucas Leiva could be brought into the midfield three to help out Steven Gerrard and his new vice-captain Jordan Henderson, who will again be a key player as the Reds seek to try and win the midfield battles.

 

Attack: Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini’s would be the most surprising name on the teamsheet here, but after a decent cameo display off the bench in midweek the Italian could be utilised from the start by Rodgers in East London.

Liverpool look better when they play with two forwards and Raheem Sterling just behind them as a No. 10, and so in the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, Borini could be used to partner his fellow countryman Balotelli in attack, with the former Milan man seeking to build on his first goal for the club in midweek. 

 

 How it'll look:

 

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