By Wayne Veysey

9th Feb, 2016 | 6:44pm

Confirmed: Liverpool in 4-2-3-1 against West Ham as Coutinho starts

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Philippe Coutinho has been named in the Liverpool team that faces West Ham in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

He is joined in the starting line-up by Jon Flanagan as well as youngsters Kevin Stewart, Tiago Ilori, Brad Smith and Joao Teixeira.

Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi also make welcome returns to the matchday squad after lengthy absences.

Sturridge has not featured since the start of December while Coutinho has missed the last month and Origi has been absent since Boxing Day. The trio have all been missing with hamstring injuries.

Football Insider revealed on Sunday morning that Sturridge, Coutinho and Origi were all set to be named in the squad that travels to Upton Park for the FA Cup fourth-round replay.

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The fixture has suddenly taken on greater significance for the Merseysiders after they collected just one point from their last two Premier League matches to leave them well adrift of the top four.

Manager Klopp will ring the changes once again as he navigates a brutal fixture schedule after an inexperienced Liverpool side held West Ham to a goal-less draw in the FA Cup fourth-round match 10 days ago.

Sturridge was an unused substitute on Saturday as Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead over Sunderland with 10 minutes left to draw 2-2.


Liverpool : Mignolet; Flanagan, Lucas, Ilori, Smith; Chirivella, Stewart; Ibe, Coutinho Teixeira; Benteke. Subs (possible): Ward, Randall, Enrique, Milner, Henderson, Origi, Sturridge.