Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. West Ham: Mane makes shock start in attack

4 November 2017

Jurgen Klopp has made three changes to his Liverpool side for Saturday’s timely Premier League clash away to Slaven Bilic’s struggling West Ham.

The Reds take to the London Stadium to face off with a Hammers side that has won just twice in their first 10 league games this season.

Buoyed by back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Maribor, and a 4-0 win away to West Ham in May, Liverpool can hope for another positive evening in Stratford.

And with the November international break looming, Klopp has named a strong starting lineup, as he looks to keep up the pressure on the rest of the top six.

Simon Mignolet resumes duties between the sticks, after another Champions League clean sheet for Loris Karius on Wednesday night.

In defence, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno will serve as Klopp’s back four, with Dejan Lovren returning to take his place on the bench.

Jordan Henderson misses out, with Emre Can instead set to line up at the base of the midfield, joined by Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Philippe Coutinho is still sidelined with a groin injury, but Sadio Mane makes a surprise return from injury to start.

He takes his place alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in attack.

West Ham: Hart; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Fernandes, Cresswell; Ayew, Obiang, Noble, Lanzini; Hernandez

Substitutes: Adrian, Rice, Masuaku, Haksabanovic, Arnautovic, Carroll, Sakho

Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Karius, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Grujic, Sturridge, Solanke

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