Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs West Ham

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

Jurgen Klopp will expect Liverpool to strike back emphatically when they host West Ham at Anfield on Sunday after suffering their second defeat of the season last weekend. 

Having enjoyed a two-goal advantage on 75 minutes against Bournemouth, the Merseysiders left the south coast with a 4-3 loss.

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It was a shocking capitulation and the Reds will be eager to prove it was nothing beyond an off afternoon.

Liverpool have only beaten West Ham in one of the last six clashes across all competitions though, with the visitors doing the league double over them for the first time since 1963-64 last season.

Slaven Bilic's men do not possess the same powers, however, and he will hope his strugglers won't be slaughtered for the third game on the spin. 


LIVERPOOL INJURIES


The authoritative Joel Matip, who missed the defeat at Bournemouth due to discomfort in his ankle, has been training and should slot back into the heart of defence.

Sadio Mane limped off at Dean Court, but has also been undertaking the week's sessions with no ill-effects. 

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Daniel Sturridge continues to struggle with a calf problem and will miss a fourth game in success. The forward has not been training with the team, with Klopp not able to put a timeline on his return.

Philippe Coutinho continues his recovery from ankle ligament damage, with Danny Ings tackling a gruelling rehabilitation programme on the cartilage damage in his right knee.


LIVERPOOL SUSPENSIONS


The Reds have no suspension worries, but Mark Noble is one yellow card away from a ban for West Ham as is Michail Antonio, who could be fit for Sunday's test.


LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


If fully fit, Matip makes an immediate return to the starting XI. With Adam Lallana coming off the bench against Bournemouth following a groin injury, a case could be made for him to return to the 11 given Liverpool are more effective in and out of possession with him in the side. He has been sensational in midfield, but Gini Wijnaldum or Emre Can would feel aggrieved to lose out.

Alternatively, the England international could be stationed on the left of the front three, allowing Roberto Firmino to be the focal point again. Wijnaldum can also fill this function, with Klopp having more room to manoeuvre with his XI than he did last week. Divock Origi, though, will feel he should continue to lead the attack given he's managed three goals in three games, but he could be held in reserve to make an impact off the bench.


WEST HAM DOSSIER


The Hammers have shipped in nine goals in their last two games, having been dismantled 4-1 at Manchester United in the League Cup quarter-finals, before Arsenal inflicted more damage in a 5-1 top-flight drubbing at the Olympic Stadium. 

Without a win in all competitions since October 26, Sunday's visitors are a shadow of the side that finished seventh last season, with Bilic admitting to BBC Sport: "We are in a position we are not happy with and where we have to bite our nails.

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"We are not directly talking about relegation but straight after your game you have to look at the results here and the results there. It's not ideal."

West Ham are just a point above the bottom three and are winless in five in the league, although they did earn a draw at Old Trafford at the end of November.

They no longer possess a compact, disciplined base, which could leave them open to another drubbing at Anfield against the division's best attack.

The Londoners have been injury hit, but are hoping to welcome Aaron Cresswell, Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate back to action.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Liverpool are three goals away from recording 50 across all competitions this season.
  • West Ham United have lost a league-high 10 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.
  • The Hammers have made six individual errors leading to opposition goals in the division in 2016-17, more than any other team.

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is at 16:30 on Sunday with the match televised live on Sky Sports 1.

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