Lovren and Milner omitted: Best combined Liverpool and West Ham XI
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Liverpool will look to compound West Ham’s miserable start to the Premier League season on Sunday at Anfield, but who makes their best combined XI?
Despite struggling with the Hammers at the moment, Spaniard Adrian is the pick of the goalkeeping bunch.
Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet are both out of form for Liverpool, while Ireland international Darren Randolph is also failing to form any kind of consistency.
Two West Ham defenders would get into the side. England international Aaron Cresswell would start, as James Milner continues to ply his trade out of position at left-back.
New Zealand international Winston Reid has been a rare shining light in the Hammers’ side this season, and he would partner Liverpool summer signing Joel Matip.
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Cameroon international Matip, who is set to return from injury to face the Hammers, would feature alongside Nathaniel Clyne to form a strong back four.
The likes of Andy Carroll, Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini all miss out for the Hammers, in our best combined XI:
Liverpool would provide all three midfielders, as captain Jordan Henderson continues to dominate his side’s games from the base of midfield in the shadow of legend Steven Gerrard.
Coutinho would play a deeper role in midfield to free up space on the left of attack for Ballon d’Or nominee Dimitri Payet.
Adam Lallana’s resurgent form for club and country this season earns him a place in the side, after scoring six goals for the Reds and England in 16 appearances.
Despite a slow start to the season, Payet is still considered West ham’s best player after a dazzling first season in the Premier League last term saw him score 15 times and provide another 17 in assists.
He would form one third of an overpowering strike force, with another two Liverpool players making up the front three.
Brazil international Roberto Firmino has played a crucial part in 12 goals this season, scoring half of them and laying on the other six.
He partners £35million signing Sadio Mane in attack, who continues to use his pace and skill to blow away Premier League defences.
Liverpool are expected to secure all three points on Sunday afternoon, as they look to close the gap on Antonio Conte’s league leaders Chelsea.
In other Liverpool news, this youngster could be on his way out of Anfield sooner rather than later.