The positioning of Liverpool as a Diogo Jota question depends on Thiago Alcantara’s decision for West Ham.


Ian Doyle: For Liverpool there is only one real selection problem tonight. To Diogo Jota or not to Diogo Jota?

The dilemma of Diogo Jota is the big issue for Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool team news and predicted lineups against West Ham United in the Premier League

To be honest, the Liverpool team chooses itself. The bottom five is the one that ended up against FC Midtjylland.

So let’s assume he makes it. And that means his Iberian colleague goes to the bench.

A lot will depend on the fitness of Thiago Alcantara, with Jurgen Klopp giving the Spaniard every chance to prove that he is ready.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, R. Williams, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Thiago can join Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in midfield.

And the first three are, well, the first three.

Klopp can break away with a formation change if Thiago goes for Liverpool.

Connor Dunn: I’m throwing away the rulebook and I’m going rogue this week with my team selector.

So I will choose a relatively fluid and hard working 3-5-2 formation.

As we know, Liverpool are in the middle of an injury crisis in the defence and for me the best option is to attack with all my might and throw caution to the wind by trying to beat West Ham ruthlessly.

Now Alisson starts in goal, but my backfield consists of Jordan Henderson on the right, Joe Gomez in the middle and James Milner on the left.

We know that both players have an incredible engine, so they can go up and down as usual to support the defense and connect the attack, while Henderson and Milner have both shown their versatility and know how to get into the heart of a defensive line.

There are five players on each flank of my midfield, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

They are joined in the middle by the willing and shapely Diogo Jota, who will line up just ahead of them in an almost 3-4-1-2 formation, but not quite as rigid.

At the top are Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who will hopefully wreak havoc.

In the middle of the park are Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara. Jurgen Klopp refused to exclude Thiago from the game, and so he begins to show a series of passes that will help the Reds protect their goal.


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