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4-3-3 Liverpool’s planned line-up against West Ham United: Will Luis Diaz start?

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Liverpool picked up an excellent win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend and those three points have helped them move within nine points of the top four at the moment.

Next, the Anfield side travel to London to take on West Ham United, a team that is slowly and steadily climbing the Premier League table.

The Hammers beat Bournemouth pretty well on Sunday and are effectively unbeaten in their last five games, leaving Liverpool to a tough midweek test.

Liverpool are having an underperforming season but their last two games have been very solid wins, so Klopp will hope his players can finish third in a row.

The away team currently only plays in the league, so it will be interesting to see if the coach still decides to rest one of his players or if he will continue to use the same starters.

Jurgen Klopp during his dressing room chat at half-time against Nottingham Forest:

“I told the lads at half-time that we’ve played games like this hundreds of times where it’s really hard to get through. You have to be patient, stay positive and go for the moment. #lfc [liverpool echo] pic.twitter.com/tcJoKUoWtB

— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 23, 2023

Liverpool squad news and injuries:

Calvin Ramsey and Bajcetic are both out for the rest of the season, while Firmino is expected to miss with a minor muscle injury.

The manager had said last week: “We will see how long it takes. It’s not too bad, but it’s definitely out for tomorrow and next week.”

Naby Keita has been out for almost a month and there are still doubts about when the midfielder will return. Thiago is available but the Liverpool manager used Curtis Jones against Forest.

This position could see rotation during the week as the young midfielder wasn’t great at the weekend.

Luis Diaz is slowly being reinstated in the squad after a long injury layoff which is why we don’t think the winger will start any time soon. The season is more or less over for Liverpool, so pushing Diaz back into the starting XI is pointless.

Moreover, Diogo Jota is doing very well on the left, so Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to panic. Jota’s form also plagued Darwin Nunez as he fell down the pecking order and had to make do with alternate appearances.

Liverpool predicted the line-up against West Ham United:

Estimated starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Van Dijk, Konate, Trent, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Jota, Gakpo, Mo Salah.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s opinion that upset Sadio Mane and prompted Lionel Messi to speak out

The Liverpool manager once expressed support for Virgil van Dijk’s Ballon d’Or campaign rather than Sadio Mane’s and the Senegal international didn’t take it particularly well

Amidst all the speculation surrounding Sadio Mane’s Bayern Munich future following his violent confrontation with Leroy Sane, rumors have started to swirl that a return to Liverpool is in line.

Mane spent six illustrious years at Anfield, winning all of the club’s biggest honours, including a Champions League and Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years. For that reason alone, the Senegalese international is regarded as a legend in the red half of Merseyside, but a reunion seems unlikely.

The striker’s relationship with Jurgen Klopp has not always been without friction. The Liverpool manager was once blamed for Mane’s departure and accused of showing the former Southampton star a “lack of love” from ex-Red and Senegalese star Salif Diao. However, the most surprising turning point in their relationship actually came with the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Although it was won by Lionel Messi, Klopp has publicly backed the idea of ​​Virgil van Dijk winning the award over Mane, who was also nominated for the gong.

The Liverpool manager said: “Things like this are decisions made by journalists. I see it a little differently and a lot of people see it a little differently, but that’s absolutely no problem.

The relationship between Sadio Mane and Jurgen Klopp has sometimes been questioned. 

“Lionel Messi, I’ve probably said this 500,000 times in my life, is probably the best player I’ve seen in my life. I saw Franz Beckenbauer and Diego Maradona very early in my life, but I seen Lionel Messi more often.

“I don’t know how others would have played these days – probably great – but Lionel Messi is here now and has won six times and Cristiano [Ronaldo] five times, but last season I can’t remember a more impressive season from a defender.” Ever . Honestly. So it would have been nice if Virg had won.’

According to France Football, Klopp’s comments “upset” Mane, who clearly felt slighted that his coach had chosen to praise his teammate, but not him.

A flurry of reports soon followed touting Mane as he left Anfield and a number of the European giants were placed on red alert.
While Mane may have been saddened by Klopp’s comments, he will surely have been heartened by those who came to his aid and cast a public vote of confidence in the striker. None other than Messi himself, who has admitted he wishes Mane had more honors than just fourth place.

“It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place,” Messi told Canal+ after taking home the top prize ahead of Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“But I think there have been a lot of great players this year. That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mane because he’s a player that I like.

“Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him.”

Klopp has spoken at length over the way Mane left Liverpool and despite the rumoured ill-feeling between the pair after the German’s Ballon d’Or related remarks, he insists the pair parted ways in good faith three years on from the controversy.

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“The way it went was great. We knew that he would do something different without breaking up badly. That must be possible in life.

“The way it went was great. We knew that he would do something different without breaking up badly. That must be possible in life.

“That’s exactly what happened. Do we miss him? Yes! But I’m also happy. He’s where he wanted to be. We’ll work out our problems here.” Sadio is an exceptional player. Everyone in Munich saw it too. He is absolutely world class. Everything will be alright.”

It’s unclear whether Mane still bears the scars of Klopp’s reckless comments, but an Anfield reunion so soon after his departure seems unlikely.

Even if Bayern were to approve a sale, Liverpool’s new approach to bringing in younger, attacking talent like Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo suggests Klopp is aware that Mane is a figure from the past, not the future.

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