Liverpool have bounced back to their usual winning form after three victories in a row over Ajax, Sheffield United and Midtjylland respectively. Despite their current defensive crisis, Jurgen Klopp’s men are showing no signs of slowing down or regressing back to their 7-2 Aston Villa loss standard.
That being said, it will be a tough game at Anfield this evening as the Reds play host to West Ham. Thanks to big performances from the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio, the Irons are in good form themselves, and will be looking to take advantage of Liverpool’s centre-back issues.
Football FanCast has predicted how Klopp will choose to set up against the Hammers today, including four changes from their Champions League triumph…
With Fabinho the latest to fall to injury, young Rhys Williams will be given the ultimate task of stepping into his big boy boots. He will start alongside Joe Gomez in the heart of the defence as the Reds look to bank another three points in their reigning title season.
With the likes of Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara still also sidelined, Klopp may play it safe and field both Jordan Henderson and James Milner in midfield. Despite the two being quite defensive players, Liverpool may need the extra cushion at the back so as not to put too much pressure on their weakened centre-back options.
Adding the £4.5million-valued veteran that is Milner will help keep things calm and composed, with both captain and vice captain working closely together in the engine room.
This decision will be made up for in attack, as Klopp unearths what could be a whole new era of Liverpool threat. It was Sheffield United who felt the wrath of this new plan as Mohamed Salah became the focal point of the front four, with Roberto Firmino just behind him.
Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota covered the wings, allowing Salah to pile the pressure on the goalkeeper whilst Firmino dropped deep, as he likes to do. The combination worked, seeing Jota and the Brazilian get themselves on the scoresheet. This could be a winning formula not just against West Ham, but moving forward in general.
Jota has proven that he is too good to be sitting on the bench, and this way all the forwards are happy.
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