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Milner to return to the line-up? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face West Ham in the Premier League

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Fabinho after the 1-0 win over Brighton

Liverpool need to keep the pressure on the chasing pack with a win over West Ham United on Monday. The Reds were given a chance to extend their Premier League lead to seven points as Newcastle defeated Manchester City, however, we failed to beat Leicester and could only open up a five-point lead.

The team wasn’t fluent against a resolute Foxes side, and Jurgen Klopp should have James Milner returning as the right-back after serving his suspension in the last game.

The Reds are without Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez for this game, while Dejan Lovren seems to have picked up a hamstring problem.

However, West Ham have their own injury concerns and we should start as favourites in this clash. Playing away against the Hammers is never easy but we beat them 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

Alisson didn’t do anything wrong in the draw against Leicester, however, his kicking wasn’t the best.

James Milner (RB)

It will be a bit of a relief seeing Milner back as the right-back and hopefully, he can nullify the attacks from his side of the pitch.

Joel Matip (CB)

Liverpool are short on fit central defenders and Matip should keep his place in the starting XI.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk made a mistake which led to the goal against Leicester, but we should not see similar errors from the Dutchman on Monday.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson’s foul led to the goal that the Foxes scored, but that has been one of the minor blips in an otherwise brilliant season.

Fabinho (CM)

The Brazilian didn’t start against Leicester but should return to the side and provide us with more stability in the midfield.

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Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum had a decent game against the Foxes and should start the game ahead of Naby Keita.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

The captain should return to his midfield slot on Monday, and he needs to control the tempo of the game against the Hammers.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Salah had a poor outing against the Foxes and needs to fire on all cylinders on Monday.

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Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian was another player who didn’t have a great game last time around, and we need him to be at his best against the Hammers.

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Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane got the only goal for us in the 1-1 draw against Leicester and should be the biggest threat against the Hammers due to his pace.

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Liverpool veteran set to stay at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp values the player’s presence

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Simon Mignolet might remain at Anfield next season

Paul Joyce of the Times (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that veteran goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to remain at Anfield.

The Belgian joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 and is one of the most experienced players in the current team.

Simon Mignolet

The 31-year-old was the back-up to Alisson last season, and the Belgian was expected to leave the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo).

However, Jurgen Klopp values the Belgian’s attitude and presence in the team, and the goalkeeper is also valued highly in the dressing room, according to the report.

The report claims that Liverpool would only let Mignolet leave if they get a quality offer like Lucas Leiva did from Lazio a couple of years ago.

Mignolet’s stay would not be a bad move

The Belgian was always sharing positive messages as the Reds battled for top honours last season.

Alisson
Alisson

The 31-year-old only played in the domestic cup competitions but could get more games next season as we play in several tournaments.

Keeping hold of Mignolet would be great given his quality and experience, and he could help some of our younger keepers too.

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Mignolet has been a fantastic professional despite seeing Alisson take over as the No.1.

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“I know that the hard work is only starting” – Young forward excited as Liverpool set to complete signing on July 9

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool to complete Conor Bradley signing on 9 July

The Mirror reports that Liverpool will sign 16-year-old attacker Conor Bradley on 9 July – his 16th birthday.

The Dungannon United youngster will be signed on a two-year scholarship by Liverpool, and the report adds that the Reds are his boyhood team.

The Northern Ireland youngster has played for the Reds in youth tournaments earlier, and the report claims that the 15-year-old impressed many members at Liverpool.

Conor Bradley
Conor Bradley in action

Speaking to the Ulster Herald (h/t Mirror), Bradley was pleased at earning the opportunity to sign for Liverpool, but knew there was a lot of work to be done:

“But I know that the hard work is only starting. I’ll be part of the U18 squad and the good thing is I know the coaches and I know most of the boys in the team.”

The youngster added that he would be staying in familiar surroundings and was not worried about settling in. Bradley added that this was a dream for him and could not wait to get started.

Liverpool’s youth team doing well

The Reds have a lot of quality youngsters and Bradley has to work hard if he wants to feature regularly for the U18s.

Rafa Camacho

Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup last season and saw starlets such as Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever pick up first-team minutes under Jurgen Klopp.

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Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel are two strikers who were in great form last season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with Bradley.

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Barcelona starlet packs his bag ahead of a move to England amidst Liverpool interest

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool interested in Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde

Liverpool are interested in Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde, according to Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 16-year-old is primarily a left-back and is capable of playing as a winger too. The Spanish youngster recently moved up to the U-17 side of the Catalan giants.

The report claims that Chelsea are also interested in the 16-year-old, and Balde has packed his bags ahead of a move to England.

Liverpool are favourites to land the Spaniard ahead of Chelsea, given the Blues’ transfer ban (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The report adds that Barcelona are trying to keep hold of their star, however, the Spaniard seems set to leave the La Liga giants.

The Reds can also do with youngsters joining the academy and we have seen a couple of them break into the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are England internationals now, while the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever are expected to be the next big stars for the Reds.

Liverpool have to decide on the futures of two youngsters too

Harry Wilson also came up through the system at Liverpool and was one of the stars in the Championship last season.

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Marko Grujic has earned a lot of praise after his spell at Hertha Berlin, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.

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