Liverpool team news: Sadio Mane makes surprise start at West Ham

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The Senegal international was initially ruled out for up to six weeks, but returned to training on Thursday and is fit enough to be named in the XI

Sadio Mane is a surprising, yet welcome inclusion in Liverpool's starting line-up against West Ham on Saturday evening.

The 25-year-old, who joined team training on Thursday after nursing a hamstring injury sustained while on Senegal duty, has missed the last five games in all competitions.

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In his pre-match press briefing, Jurgen Klopp indicated the winger could feature for 20-25 minutes at London Stadium, but he has since proved he can feature from the off.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, follows his first European start for the Reds by also getting his full top-flight bow. He will operate with Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum - the latter shaking off an ankle issue - in the centre of the park, while captain Jordan Henderson misses out with a thigh injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Simon Mignolet returns in goal and will wear the armband with vice-skipper James Milner dropping to the bench.

As has largely been the case this season, Klopp rotates again at right-back with Joe Gomez coming in for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Dejan Lovren is named on the bench after missing the previous two matches with a thigh injury, while Philippe Coutinho is still sidelined with an adductor problem.

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

Liverpool subs: Karius, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Grujic, Solanke, Sturridge

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