Potential Liverpool Line-Up Versus West Ham As Fan Favourite Returns

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"Maybe that is why the manager of Liverpool didn't like it".

The defender has been sidelined since early December when he suffered a fracture to his lower leg against Burnley.

Juergen Klopp's side have only the league and the Champions League to focus on having been knocked out of the League Cup and the FA Cup, a luxury that City do not enjoy.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said: 'It was a tough game.

"Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Joe are not fit". [Substitute] midfield players tonight, apart from Shaq, would have been 18 and 18 years old. We will see. It is possible, probably. For all of us, if you want to win big things then you have to be ready for these tight races. We will see exactly how we do it. I don't want to think about it, but in general we've lost one game in the whole season. It will take time.

Fabinho did not start the last game, but his presence in the middle of the park adds more solidity to Liverpool and that is why he is expected to start on Monday night.

A product of the Charlton Athletic academy, Gomez signed for Liverpool in 2015 and has made 59 league appearances for the club over four seasons.

Yet, in recent weeks the league leaders have not looked quite so resolute in defence.

Liverpool likely will welcome back James Milner to the starting lineup.

Following their disappointing 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday, anything other than victory for Liverpool would have been a massive blow to their title hopes.

"Hendo did well there", the former Dortmund coach told reporters amid criticism of the Reds captain. The central defensive partnership of Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna will once again take the field.

Liverpool has scored four goals in each of their last four games against West Ham.

The Reds thrashed West Ham 4-0 on the opening day of the season at Anfield and know another three points would re-establish a five-point cushion over second placed Manchester City.