Liverpool predicted Starting XI for Premier League match with West Ham

Liverpool will look to bounce back against the Hammers on Saturday.
Liverpool FC v West Ham United - Premier League
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Liverpool have had a few days to recover from the debacle that was the Merseyside Derby 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton.

They have an early kickoff on Saturday against West Ham to begin righting the ship. While the Premier League title is not technically lost, the Reds' chances are hanging by a thread. They must be perfect in their final four games to even have an outside shot.

One boost will be the return of Cody Gakpo, who was slated to start on Wednesday before his partner went into labor and he was removed from the squad altogether. He's back in training and should have a good shout to play.

Liverpool have had good luck against West Ham this season with their two meetings netting a healthy 8-2 aggregate in favor of the Reds.

As much as they have struggled to finish golden chances, perhaps the good memories from early this season can reignite those feelings once again.

Let's see how the Reds could lineup.

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarell Quansah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson

Midfielders: Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo, Ryan Gravenberch

Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz

Probable Subs: Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Darwin Nunez, Jayden Danns, Dominik Szoboszlai

Ibrahima Konate must be dropped for this one as he has been so poor in recent outings. He seems to have lost his way completely and Quansah has been more than reliable alongside van Dijk.

Szoboszlai is another one that does not deserve continuous starts. He's been allowed to float through games for far too long. Gravenberch had a strong performance in the win over Fulham on Sunday but was not allowed to carry over his momentum. He gets his chance here.

With Diogo Jota still missing due to injury, Gakpo gets his deserved start at the expense of the wasteful Nunez through the middle.

Gakpo has been in some of the best form among all Liverpool forwards over the last two weeks.

Endo must be started to allow Mac Allister to go back upfield where his creative abilities have been missed following his purple patch in March. Danns and Nunez off the bench could be an energetic pairing that, if needed, could run at and harass a tired West Ham defense.

On current form, it is no longer a foregone conclusion to asume the Reds will stroll past anyone. However, if they can't find the fire and determination to come out firing on Saturday after the last few days.....they never will.

Let's hope whatever iteration of a Starting XI they go with gets their minds right and gets the job done.