Liverpool’s predicted XI v West Ham United, with Gerrard rested and Sakho not fit to start

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DM) Lucas Leiva

What a revelation the Brazilian has been – excellent again against Chelsea in mid-week in his defensive midfield role. He does all the dirty work and keeps things moving for his teammates. One of the first names on the team-sheet.

MR) Lazar Markovic

Will be disappointed not to have shone more against Chelsea and will hope that West Ham’s back-line offer him more of a chance to shine as he pushes forward down the right hand side.

ML) Alberto Moreno

Excellent on Tuesday evening and unlikely to find his spot in the team under threat. The Spaniard’s attacking prowess is becoming an increasingly valuable asset to Brendan Rodgers, so expect to see more of it here.

CM) Jordan Henderson

Henderson will take over the captaincy in Gerrard’s absence. He has performed admirably whilst wearing the armband so far this season and will hope to drive Liverpool forward again here from the heart of midfield.

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