26-year-old axed in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI v West Ham
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Jurgen Klopp must make three changes to his team if he is to field his stronged possible line-up against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Nathaniel Clyne should be one of the players to be axed as the 26-year-old’s performances haven’t been up to scratch lately.
Instead, Klopp should pick teenager Trent Alexander-Armstrong to start at right-back to offer him more first-team experience and hopefully make an example of the under-performing Clyne.
Divock Origi should also be dropped from the team to make way for Daniel Sturridge, who needs to be handed his first league start since February after recovering from various injury problems.
Lucas Leiva is a doubt for the game and must be replaced by Adam Lallana in the centre of midfield, as the England international has also stepped up the recovery from his injury in recent weeks.
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Roberto Firmino is also facing a late fitness test ahead of the match but must start if Klopp wants to field his best possible XI.
Simon Mignolet should retain his place in goal behind a defensive line of Alexander-Armstrong, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and James Milner.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can must keep hold of their spots in the midfield three with Lallana.
Up front, Philippe Countinho and Firmino should stay on the wings with Sturridge providing the focal point to the Liverpool attack.
The Merseyside club can secure a top four finish in the Premier League if results go their way over the course of the weekend.
Liverpool would have to beat the Hammers and hope that both Arsenal and Manchester United lose their respective fixtures in order to mathematically guarantee a spot in next season’s Champions League.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has shared his transfer dilemma for the summer.