Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v West Ham: Attacker omitted in two changes
By Danny Wright
Liverpool are expected to make two changes to their starting line-up to face West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp could be forced to omit Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva from his team after he revealed that the two Brazilians have both suffered muscle injuries in the build up to their visit to the capital.
Firmino has been crucial to the Reds strike force as of late but the attacker is likely to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge, who could be handed his first league start since February.
Adam Lallana came off the bench in the 0-0 draw with Southampton last week as he stepped up his recovery from injury, so he could be in line to replace Lucas in Klopp’s 4-3-3 system.
Simon Mignolet is expected to keep his place in goal behind an unchanged back four of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and James Milner.
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Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to keep his place in the midfield three as Emre Can switches to a more central role in the possible absence of Lucas. Lallana could also slot into a deeper lying playmaker role.
Philippe Countinho is set to stay on the left side of the Liverpool attack as Divock Origi could move to the right in order to make way for Sturridge, who is expected to spearhead the front three.
Liverpool can secure their qualification to next season’s Champions League if results go their way on Sunday.
The Merseyside club would have to beat the Hammers and hope that both Arsenal and Manchester United lose their fixtures in order to mathematically guarantee a top four finish.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has shared his transfer dilemma for the summer.