Liverpool line-up against West Ham: Reds boosted by return of star striker

first_imgBrendan Rodgers’ Liverpool turn their attentions back to their quest of challenging for the Champions League places when they entertain West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.His charges will have to put Tuesday night’s League Cup disappointment behind them quickly and the Hammers will provide stern opposition with the Londoners one point and one place above the Reds in the Premier League table.The Anfield faithful will be buoyed by the news star striker Daniel Sturridge is back in contention after almost five months out with a thigh injury.Mamadou Sakho is a doubt with a back problem sustained in the Chelsea defeat, and more changes could be enforced after a physically draining 120 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham:GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet played his best game for the Reds against Chelsea on Tuesday and that should fill the Belgian with confidence following recent criticism.DefenceSakho’s expected absence opens the door for either Glen Johnson or Dejan Lovren to come into the side.The Croatian has struggled to find the form which convinced Liverpool to part with £20m for his services and that could see Johnson given the nod against his former club.MidfieldLiverpool have looked fluid in their new 3-4-3 system, and that will see Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic operating on the flanks once again.Steven Gerrard played the full 120 minutes at Chelsea and Adam Lallana should enter the side for obvious reasons. Lucas and captain-in-waiting, Jordan Henderson, should continue in the middle.AttackRodgers has yet to confirm whether Sturridge will start but, given the England international’s injury woes this season, the Northern Irishman will likely opt for caution and put the striker on the bench.That will see Raheem Sterling continue to lead the attack where the 20-year-old has impressed in recent weeks.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against West Ham? Comment below… 1 Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool turn their attentions back to their quest of challenging for the Champions League places, when they entertain West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. last_img read more