The pressure is on for Liverpool as they travel to London to face West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. The Reds know a win is a must if they are to keep their destiny in their own hands going into the final game of the season.
Jürgen Klopp’s side need to put the 0-0 draw with Southampton last weekend behind them.
Arsenal’s victory over the Saints on Wednesday put them right back in the mix for a finish in the Champions League places and the 2-0 scoreline surprised the German manager, who said: “It was a completely different game when Southampton played Arsenal. Open game. No idea why they did them that favour.”
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Liverpool have injury problems for the trip to the London Stadium. Both Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mané are ruled out for the remainder of the season. Both Lucas and Roberto Firmino are doubts for the match and will be assessed ahead of Sunday.
The Liverpool boss spoke about them before the game, saying: “Lallana and Sturridge are nice options to have. It’s not a name we bring on the pitch. It is the human being in a specific shape.”
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has decisions to make.
Does Adam Lallana play in a centre-midfield role, the one he excelled playing earlier on in the season, or does he play a right-wing role of sorts.
If it’s the former then there may be a shift in the attacking dynamic. Divock Origi, who has played as a nine since Mané’s injury, may be forced to shift to a wide right role with Sturridge coming in centrally.