Confirmed Liverpool lineup & reaction as 'best in world' returns vs West Ham
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Confirmed Liverpool lineup & reaction as 'best in world' returns vs West Ham

Here’s the confirmed Liverpool lineup – and reaction to it – as Liverpool take on West Ham United today. It’s the Reds’ final fixture before the international break.

Liverpool face West Ham United today on a high after beating Atletico Madrid in midweek. That win was their fourth in a row to kick off their Champions League group – a club first – and earned progression to the next round.

But there’s also some frustration to make up for. Liverpool threw away a 2-0 lead against Brighton last week to drop points in the title race. The Reds need to get back to winning ways in the league – but West Ham are tough opponents.

Jurgen Klopp certainly has plenty of decisions to make for this one, too. Five first-team injuries cut through the squad a little, with defence and midfield suffering.

So let’s see the Liverpool lineup Klopp will put out vs West Ham.

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs West Ham

Alisson

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Joel Matip

Virgil van Dijk

Andy Robertson

Fabinho

Jordan Henderson

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Mohamed Salah

Sadio Mane

Diogo Jota

Alisson
Alexander-Arnold – Matip – Van Dijk – Robertson
Fabinho
Henderson – Oxlade Chamberlain
Salah – Jota – Mane

Roberto Firmino’s injury forces the big decision up front but there were certainly choices for Klopp in midfield and defence.

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It wasn’t clear if we’d see Ibrahima Konate step back in for the Premier League game or whether Joel Matip would retain his place. As it turns out, Klopp opted for the more experienced player.

Midfield, too, offered an interesting decision. Oxlade-Chamberlain played very well against Atletico but Thiago is back and training. Klopp kept things the same, however – probably the smart decision with Thiago not being back long.

Robertson coming back in shouldn’t be a shock, either. Klopp labelled the Scot the world’s best this week – he won’t drop out of the team easily.

Let’s see how fans reacted to this one.

Reaction

A lot of people focusing on the Robertson return, then. Honestly, we’re not sure it should surprise.

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Tsimikas played very well in midweek and has all season. He still has quite a lot to prove before taking Robertson’s place in must-win games, however – and this should be a tough one.

While we see where people are coming from, this shouldn’t surprise too much.

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