Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs West Ham

Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs West Ham

Date: 12 May 2017 04:13

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool travel to West Ham with no margin for error as they aim to consolidate their Champions League ambitions.

Klopp: Liverpool not far off Chelsea

The Reds are winless in their last five games against their hosts in all competitions - their worst run since February 1965. 

Jurgen Klopp's men have to reverse that trend and make it four consecutive away victories to keep Arsenal and Manchester United looking up at the top four rather than being among it.


LIVERPOOL INJURIES


Jordan Henderson has been sidelined for the past three months with a foot problem and Klopp is taking a patient approach with his captain. 

"We stay positive because he is strong. The moment someone gives him the green light he will be back in a second because of his attitude and character," the Reds boss explained.

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“I am not thinking about the start of pre-season, but that would be the latest moment he is back. We have not made a final judgment for this season.

“We don’t know if he will back tomorrow in training or next week but because it is Jordan and he has a really high fitness level, even if it is just swimming, we know we can think about him immediately when he is ready.”

Sadio Mane, meanwhile, revealed he "will be running again soon" as he steps up his rehabilitation from meniscus damage to his left knee.


LIVERPOOL SUSPENSIONS


Neither side has any suspension worries.

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LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Klopp has named an unchanged starting line-up four games on the spin, with the safety-first approach working away from home, but not at Anfield. 

Divock Origi has looked laboured up front and with the manager admitting Liverpool's problems have come in the final third, a rejig in attack would be wise. 

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While Adam Lallana operates better in midfield, he could replace the Belgian striker in the front three allowing the visitors to keep their protection in the centre of the park. 

Klopp has previously hinted Daniel Sturridge is not 100 per cent ready to start, but he may look to the England international to offer a greater threat as the focal point of the attack.

There are calls for the Reds boss to include both Lallana and the forward to the starting XI, but that would leave him little room to alter the game from the bench. 

GFX Possible Liverpool XI v West Ham


WEST HAM TEAM NEWS


“It won’t be an easy trip, we know that," Klopp said of Sunday's visit to London Stadium. 

"It really makes sense that we are really concentrated on West Ham. They are also in a positive season-finishing mood - no pressure anymore, they try to get results somehow.

"Everyone saw the Tottenham game; Tottenham had the pressure and had to make the game, then they [the Hammers] make the counter-attack and they scored and Tottenham couldn’t come back, so that’s part of football."

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Liverpool set Lennon up for success

Slaven Bilic's side are unbeaten in their last five, with their 1-0 victory over Spurs seeing a third consecutive clean sheet.

They will be difficult to break down, especially if Liverpool continue to stutter in the final third and Manuel Lanzini will be determined to extend his superb form.

Captain Mark Noble, however, will play no further part in the club's season as he requires surgery for an abdominal problem.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • The Reds have won their last three away games in the Premier League – they last had a longer run in April 2014 (six games).

  • Liverpool have won three of their four Premier League games in London this season, drawing the other. The last time they remained unbeaten in the capital across an entire league season was in 1988-89.

  • Manuel Lanzini has found the net in five of his last eight Premier League home games.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is at 14:15 BST and the match is televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.


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