Predicted Liverpool XI to play West Ham United - Same side as mid-week?

Match to be played on Saturday 20th September 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Boleyn Ground, London.

Liverpool got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start earlier this week but focus now switches back to the Premier League.

Liverpool will be determined to react positively to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa but it won’t be easy with a trip to West Ham always difficult.

Here’s the predicted Liverpool side for the trip to Upton Park.

GK – Simon Mignolet

Liverpool’s number one and he’ll be in the team throughout the season unless he gets injured or suspended.

RB – Javi Manquillo

Has made a decent start to life at the club since moving from Atletico in the summer. There are no imminent signs he’ll be replaced.

CB – Dejan Lovren

Has been a little inconsistent but when everything clicks, there are few better centre-backs around.

CB – Mamadou Sakho

Sakho looks better for having had a season of English football under his belt. He’ll make it difficult for West Ham at both ends.

LB – Alberto Moreno

Looks like a very decent left-back and well worth the effort for the Reds to sign him during the summer.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Sterling may start in a wide role but he won’t stay there, drifting into central positions to have an impact behind the main forward.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson can play any role across the middle of the team. He’ll most likely start slightly to the right hand side.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard injects a little bit of experience into the middle of the team. Rodgers knows exactly what he’s getting from the skipper.

CM – Adam Lallana

Lallana is a very versatile attacking player who can rotate with Sterling in the number ten slot.

LM – Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho has previously been described as Liverpool’s brain. He’ll move inside when Moreno gets forward and creates the width.

ST – Mario Balotelli

Balotelli is off and running after scoring against Ludogorets. That goal will give him plenty of confidence.

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