Jurgen Klopp will be a frustrated man as his side failed to take more than a point from their game against Southampton in the last round. They are still in with a chance to qualify for the Champions League next season and still have West Ham and Middlesbrough to face in the last two games.
Up next is a trip to the Olympic Stadium to take on Slaven Bilic’s side that is fresh from a satisfying victory over Tottenham Hotspur, effectively ending their slim hopes of a title. The Reds have traditionally struggled with the Hammers recently and will know that this game is far from a walk in the park. Here is the predicted lineup that Klopp might field for this tie:
Sadio Mane and Danny Ings remain sidelined for the rest of the season and so does skipper Jordan Henderson. They remain the only injury concerns for Liverpool ahead of this tie.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
Simon Mignolet has been effective this season and seems to have put his past behind him. He has been solid at the back and should start this game on goal. James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne have been used on the left and right flanks extensively by Jurgen Klopp and there is no reason why he should change the duo for the penultimate game of the season.
While Joel Matip is the first choice this season, Dejan Lovren has been shaky but has put in some serious performances recently to warrant a start in this game. The backline will have to be careful against the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll in this game.
The Reds have used Brazilian star Lucas Leiva as the deepest of the midfielders and he has picked up three assists in the last six games for the club. However, Klopp might push him to the bench, to play German midfielder Emre Can in the position just ahead of his backline.
Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to be partnered with Adam Lallana, who played the last two games off the bench. The duo has been excellent and will hope to put in a strong performance this weekend.
Philippe Coutinho will remain the talisman for the club. He will have to be at his best yet again if Liverpool are to take anything from this game. His fellow Brazilian teammate Roberto Firmino is expected to start on the other flank.
Divock Origi has failed to find the back of the net with consistency and he could be replaced by Daniel Sturridge, who looked sharp, coming off the bench in the last couple of games.
Here is how they could line up: