Karius starts in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI to face West Ham
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should keep faith in goalkeeper Loris Karius ahead of their Premier League match against West Ham on Sunday.
The Reds host Slaven Bilic’s side and should make two changes to their starting line up.
Senior player Joel Matip and Adam Lallana should both return after recovering from injuries, with Lucas and Georginio Winnaldum dropped to the bench.
Liverpool suffered their second league defeat of the season last Sunday in a dramatic 4-3 loss against Bournemouth and Karius was blamed by the fans for his costly error.
The 23-year-old couldn’t gather a shot in stoppage time and Nathan Ake snatched three points, with the Merseyside club surrendering a 3-1 lead.
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Karius should keep his place in goal despite several errors this season and the youngster is still adjusting to English football.
He is still a much better option than Simon Mignolet and arguably the league’s best goalkeeper David De Gea made a slow start in England at Manchester United.
Karius is certainly a player who is showing great potential and Klopp must stick with him through a difficult period.
Liverpool should be able to play their full strength back four and Dejan Lovren will benefit hugely from the return of leader Matip.
Full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner should be able to get at a vulnerable West Ham side, who lost 5-1 to Arsenal in their last match.
Wijnaldum should be the unfortunate midfielder to drop out as the influential Lallana must be involved in the starting XI.
Liverpool’s attacking three of Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane should hurt West Ham with their pace and movement.
Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are both sidelined, meaning Firmino should operate on the left wing and Origi given the chance to show his qualities.
In other Liverpool team news, the club’s attacker has stepped up a comeback bid with a first appearances in four months.