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Premier League 2018-19, West Ham United vs Liverpool: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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04 Feb 2019, 07:22 IST

Can Liverpool regain their 5 point lead over Manchester City?
Can Liverpool regain their 5 point lead over Manchester City?

It's a big match on Monday night for Liverpool as they clash against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

With Manchester City winning against Arsenal, the pressure will be upon the Merseysiders to win their match against the Hammers so as to regain their five-point lead over the Citizens.


Team News

West Ham United

Arnautovic is expected to start for the Hammers
Arnautovic is expected to start for the Hammers

Striker Marko Arnautovic is expected to be back in the starting lineup for the Hammers after his injury in the last match against Wolves proved to be just a bruised foot.

Custodian Lukasz Fabianski and defender Aaron Cresswell are also expected to be fit in time for the tie against Liverpool while newly added midfielder Samir Nasri (calf) will remain injured for the Hammers.

Defenders Fabian Balbuena (knee) and Winston Reid (knee) are expected to be fit only in the latter half of the month while Manuel Lanzini (knee) is expected to be fit by March after his ligament injury last year.

Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) are still out injured and have not been given a fixed time frame for there comeback.

Liverpool

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Liverpool sorely missed a right back against Leicester City
Liverpool sorely missed a right back against Leicester City

The return from suspension of James Milner will be a welcome addition to Jurgen Klopp and his men after Liverpool struggled with Jordan Henderson at full back position.

Regular right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is still not yet available for the Merseysiders so is Joe Gomes (fractured leg) and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) with the former given no time frame being set for his comeback.


Probable Line-up

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Antonio, Snodgrass, Anderson; Arnautovic

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Milner, Van Dijk Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Mane, Firmino Shaqiri; Mo Salah

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