Liverpool will host West Ham United at Anfield tonight in their Premier League clash, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the confident victory over Manchester City at the weekend will have been a turning point for his team.
The Reds defied the odds to beat Pep Guardiola’s side despite being in poor form over the season so far in the top-flight and they can continue their resurgence by beating David Moyes’ side in front of the Kop.
One of the biggest contributions to Liverpool’s inconsistencies has been their injury problems and when they host the Hammers at Anfield the side will again be without another key player.
Diogo Jota is the latest star to suffer fitness problems with the Portugal international sustaining a calf injury during stoppage time against Man City. That will be hugely frustrating for both the manager and the player who had only recently returned after persistent hamstring issues and will now miss out on the World Cup.
Jota will join Naby Keita, Luis Diaz, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate and Arthur Melo on the injury table, all of which will be unavailable for the West Ham clash.
With that being said, this is how Football FanCast expects Liverpool to line up against the Hammers…
We predict there will be just two changes to the team that beat Man City at Anfield on Sunday, with Klopp continuing to experiment with his formation and tactics.
The first change we expect to see is Darwin Nunez back in the starting line up to replace Jota alongside Mohammed Salah in the most advanced positions on the pitch.
It would not be surprising to see the German coach deploying Nunez and Salah as a centre-forward pairing with Roberto Firmino just behind them to complete the attacking threat in the final third.
The second change we think Klopp will make is the inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold who is set to reprise his role in the right-back position alongside an otherwise unchanging back four of Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.
Alexander-Arnold should replace James Milner, meaning the £150k-per-week ace who was dubbed a “leader” by journalist Leanne Prescott won’t be holding onto the armband and instead it will likely be Van Dijk who is nominated to guide the team through the fixture, with Jordan Henderson also likely to be benched with Milner.
With that being said, it will be an important three points for Liverpool tonight if they beat West Ham, as it could close the gap even further between themselves and the top four depending on the results surrounding them.