After a grueling encounter against Stoke in the League Cup semi final, Liverpool will welcome the Hammers in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend. Slaven Bilic’s side have beaten Liverpool twice in the League already and will be up against a relatively young Liverpool side as the Reds are playing their 6th game in 13 days.
Klopp in his pre match press conference revealed that Phillipe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Martin Skrtel are all out for this tie while defender Dejan Lovren is back in the side after recovering from an injury. The German also said that he will have to play a young and changed side from the one that pulled out a penalty shoot put victory against Stoke City in the mid-week.
Here is the strongest Liverpool line-up that can face the Hammers on Saturday:
Mignolet looked assured in normal time and provided some heroics in the shoot out to take his team to Wembley on Tuesday. He will keep his place and will hope to keep a clean sheet against the Hammers.
Though Clyne is back from injury, it makes sense to rest him for the game against Leicester on Tuesday and with Flanagan playing 105 minutes in the mid-week, Randall will get his chance on Saturday.
The ex Southampton defender found some form before the injury and will be slotted straight into the heart of the defense with Toure and Sakho needing some rest after a hectic month of football.
The QPR loanee will get his first chance to start in his preferred position at the back and will have to be at his best to impress his manager and try and get a regular place in the squad for the rest of the season.
The Australian international has been one of the most impressive young players in the Liverpool academy and will once again be up to the task against West Ham in the FA Cup.
The last penalty taker for Liverpool on Tuesday, Allen has found his feet in the last few games and looks a completely different player. He will have his work cut out in the mid-field against he Hammers on Saturday.
The mid-fielder impressed in his previous outing against Exeter City and will surely be called upon once again in this FA Cup fixture against West Ham.
The young mid-fielder was one of the best players for Liverpool in the game against Exeter and deserves another opportunity in the senior side to prove his worth to the squad.
The young winger came on late in the match against Stoke and provided some late impetus to Liverpool’s attack. He will start on Saturday as Liverpool will look to him for some width on the pitch.
Joao Carlos Teixeira:
Teixeira is one of the players who deserves a first team place almost every week. He is skilful and has learnt the trade in England and will surely be in the future plans at the club for Klopp.
The Belgian has not been in the best form off late but provides a goals scoring threat up front. Klopp will want him to work hard and give Liverpool some goals and a victory against West Ham on Saturday.
Liverpool may also go with a bit more experienced side with West Ham proving to be hard to beat in the previous occasions. Randall, Stewart and Brannagan may all be on the bench with Milner, Clyne and Lallana given a chance to put the game to bed in the first leg. Danny Ward may also start the game in place of Mignolet who might need a bit of a rest after the shoot-out heroics on Tuesday.
Here is how they may also line-up against West Ham on Saturday:
Ward; Clyne, Lovren, Caulker, Smith; Allen, Milner; Lallana, Ibe, Teixeira; Benteke