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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.

Sadio Mane Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

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.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool

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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Klopp explains why he chose to leave out 30-year-old Liverpool star for Napoli clash

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Jurgen Klopp explains decision to leave out Dejan Lovren against Napoli

Dejan Lovren hasn’t played a single minute for us this season after being linked with an exit from Liverpool in the summer (h/t Express).

The Croatian has fallen down the pecking order since the rise of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, and was even left out of the squad for the trip to Napoli.

Liverpool start the defence of their Champions League crown against the Italian giants but Lovren will not feature in the team.

Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to leave Lovren out of the team but suggested that this was a tactical move (h/t Express):

“As an example, Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre halves on the bench is probably not necessary.”

Klopp also highlighted that Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in as he provides options for a few positions and adds to the creativity of the team.

Tough times for Lovren

The 30-year-old will have to fight for a place in the starting XI and that will not be easy given the form of Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

The pair has been excellent over the past nine months or so and has helped us to a great start in the Premier League.

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah
Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah

It will be interesting to see if Lovren gets a few games in the domestic cup competitions.

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Liverpool have a couple of young guns in Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, who could feature in the first-team.

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Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments regarding weather impacting his future at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments about weather impacting his future

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has clarified his agent’s comments regarding the English weather impacting his future at the club.

The German’s agent, Marc Kosicke, spoke to Sporx and claimed that the English weather would play a role in his time at Anfield.

However, Klopp clarified that his agent was only trying to make a joke about the weather (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think he wanted to make a joke! But now I have to be serious because I could make a lot of jokes about the weather, especially when I am sweating like crazy (in Napoli’s media room).”

The manager added that was just “German humour” and no one understood it. However, Klopp did suggest that the weather isn’t always the best in Liverpool:

“The weather in Liverpool is not always nice, especially in winter, but in March and September, it is nicer than you would imagine.

“I came in October 2015 and and you could sing a song ‘Don’t move to Liverpool in October’ and until March, for five months, it was not too cool and it was harsh.”

Klopp doesn’t mind the weather in England

The German did reveal that he spoke about the wind in a few games but says that this isn’t enough to see him leave the country.

Klopp also added that he was fine with the current weather in the country and he enjoys it:

“I am completely fine with the weather in Liverpool. It’s pretty much the opposite of this room right now! So I enjoy it quite often actually.”

The manager finished by saying that his agent was having a joke and no one actually got it.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Klopp is contracted with the Reds until 2022 and has made us a force to be reckoned with.

Liverpool lead the Premier League by five points after just five games and are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

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The Reds bagged their first trophy under Klopp last season, and there should be more silverware to come in the near future.

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Liverpool boost as key attacker is expected to be out for just two weeks – Klopp confirms

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Jurgen Klopp confirms Divock Origi is out for a couple of weeks

Divock Origi picked up an injury in our 3-1 win over Newcastle United and had to be replaced by Roberto Firmino.

The Belgian was taken off in the first half after hurting his ankle, and will not feature for Liverpool against Napoli.

Divock Origi
Divock Origi

The 24-year-old scored some important goals for us in the Champions League last season, and Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“The update on Div is that it is not too serious.

“We expect him [to be out for] between one and two weeks, but it depends a little bit on when he can deal with the pain.

“It is nothing really; it’s a feeling, but it should be fine.”

Good news for Liverpool

The Belgian might not be on the same levels as our first-choice front three, but he is a decent player to have on the bench.

The former Lille striker is the back-up to Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and this update from Klopp is a bit of a relief for us.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have some big games coming up after this week, with Leicester City, Tottenham and MK Dons (Carabao Cup) on the horizon.

Origi should feature in some of these games as we need to give a bit of a break to the likes of Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

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The trio has started the season in blistering form, and hopefully, they remain injury-free for the majority of the campaign.

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