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West Ham vs Liverpool predicted XIs: Confirmed team news and probable line-ups

By Dean Smith

Published: 11:38, 26 April 2024

Following a midweek Merseyside derby defeat, Liverpool will need to collect a win at West Ham on Saturday to keep alive any hopes of winning the Premier League title.

The Reds are now three points behind leaders Arsenal, having collected just four points from their last four league games.

The Hammers’ hopes of Europe have also hit the buffers in recent weeks, having won just one of their last seven Premier League matches.

The hosts are eighth – five points behind sixth-placed Manchester United – with four games left to play.

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 12:30 BST at the London Stadium, with the match shown live on TNT Sports 1 and TNT Sports Ultimate.

Klopp demands Reds response

Liverpool looked to be back on track with a 3-1 win at Fulham last weekend, but a lacklustre performance on Wednesday saw them fall to a first derby defeat at Goodison Park in 14 years.

Jurgen Klopp admitted he was ‘very disappointed’ with the midweek performance and felt the need to apologise to the Liverpool fans for the display.

He now needs to find a solution, especially to Liverpool’s problems in front of goal, if they are going to maintain a title challenge to the end of the season.

Whereas everyone knows Klopp will be moving on in the summer, the future of David Moyes is still undecided.

There are claims that West Ham have offered the Scot a new contract, but it remains to be seen if Moyes will sign or decide now is the time to find a new challenge.

With the Hammers failing to win any of their last four home matches, sections of the fans have already made their feelings clear over the managerial situation.


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West Ham vs Liverpool Team News

West Ham are hopeful that Jarrod Bowen will be available to play on Sunday, after missing the last two Premier League games due to a back issue.

Moyes is expected to make a switch between the posts, with Alphonse Areola set to return in goal, in place of Lukasz Fabianski.

The Hammers made two changes at half-time in the 5-2 defeat at Crystal Palace and look likely to make several alterations to the starting XI after that heavy loss.

Liverpool will again be without Diogo Jota due to a hip injury, while Cody Gakpo could come back into contention after missing the defeat to Everton following the birth of his child.

Klopp may make changes in midfield, with Wataru Endo, Harvey Elliott and Ryan Gravenberch all pushing for starts.

West Ham vs Liverpool Predicted XIs:

West Ham: Areola; Johnson, Zouma, Emerson, Cresswell; Soucek, Alvarez; Kudus, Ward-Prowse, Paqueta; Bowen

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Endo, Gravenberch; Diaz, Salah, Gakpo

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