With their 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League now behind them and the latest international break in sight, Liverpool have a Premier League clash against high-flying West Ham United on the agenda this evening.
In terms of who Reds manager Jurgen Klopp could select in his starting XI today, it seems as though he will be without some of his key players, with the likes of Naby Keita, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez out injured.
With this in mind, here’s how we feel Liverpool could line up against West Ham, with three changes from the side which started against Atletico on Wednesday.
In goal, it would be a surprise to see anyone other than Alisson Becker considering that he has played in all but one of Liverpool’s league games so far this season.
In defence, it would be no surprise to see Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back once more considering how much he impressed against Atletico, getting assists for both of Liverpool’s goals on the night.
Next to Alexander-Arnold, we think Klopp could take Matip out of the side from midweek and start Ibrahima Konate next to Virgil van Dijk to see if they can keep Michail Antonio quiet considering that he’s managed to score six goals in nine league games for West Ham this season. The French youngster has started the last two Premier League matches but had a rest in midweek, so he could come back in for the Cameroonian today.
At left-back, even though Kostas Tsimikas played and impressed against Atletico with an overall match rating of 8/10 from SofaScore, we think Andy Robertson will return to the team today after Klopp labelled him the “best left-back in the world” when discussing the current battle between the pair.
In midfield, we think Klopp will stick with the duo of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to try and overshadow West Ham’s probable midfield pairing of Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice. The one change sees Thiago Alcantara, who is currently earning £200k-per-week according to Spotrac, coming back into the side in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had a slight issue with his knee in the Atletico game.
With the front three, we reckon Klopp’s best option is to stick with the trio which started against Atletico with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the wings and Diogo Jota through the middle, particularly with Firmino suffering a hamstring injury in midweek.