Liverpool continue their Premier League title charge with a visit to West Ham this Sunday, April 6 at Upton Park. Brendan Rodgers’ team moved to the top of the table last weekend after registering their eighth straight win in the most convincing way, a 4-0 triumph at Anfield against Tottenham. One day earlier Chelsea had lost to Crystal Palace and Manchester City had drawn at Arsenal, so if Liverpool manage to win all their remaining matches, they will celebrate their first title after 1990.
Rodgers has tried to avoid title talk so far and remains faithful to his belief that only the next game matters. But what cannot be avoided is the fact that under his guidance, Liverpool have become the most exciting team in the Premier League, breaking goalscoring records that stood for decades, and making their fans dreaming again of the return to glory. They are looking unstoppable, even if Upton Park is not the easiest place to go. Rodgers is probably not going to make significant changes to his lineup for this match, as his regular side has clicked beyond any expectation. Let’s take a look at his options.
Simon Mignolet is ever-present in goal for Liverpool this campaign and he will start once again at Upton Park.
No changes are expected in Liverpool’s defense, as Brendan Rodgers has settled in a regular back four. Glen Johnson was one of the best players for the Reds last time out against Tottenham and is once again a regular at right back after recapturing form. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel will form the central defensive partnership, with the latter proving to be a secret weapon in attack as well, thanks to his excellent positioning in set pieces. Young Jon Flanagan has established himself at left back with impressive performances and should keep his place ahead of Aly Cissokho, with Jose Enrique out for the season.
Brendan Rodgers variations in midfield from game to game or even during matches themselves have proved to be a crucial element of Liverpool’s success during their recent run. The Reds’ manager looks to exploit the opponents weaknesses with the positioning of his midfielders and he will certainly have some tricks up his sleeve for Sam Allardyce’s team. A diamond midfield is a possible variation with captain Steven Gerrard thriving at his new role of deep-lying midfielder, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen to the right and left of the diamond respectively, and Raheem Sterling providing speed, assists and goals behind the front two. Philippe Coutinho is of course always available and he tormented Tottenham too, while Lucas is back again and could play a role in the last stages of the season.
The most fearsome striking duo in the Premier League will be out for blood once again. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will lead the Reds’ attack, looking to add to their record-breaking totals, and helping their team take a step closer to the title.
Possible lineup (4-1-3-2): Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan; Gerrard; Henderson, Allen, Sterling; Suarez, Sturridge.