Liverpool travel to West Ham United looking to record a third successive league victory for the first time since December. The Reds have seven games left to rescue European qualification from a turbulent domestic campaign, with wins over Leeds United and Nottingham Forest providing a welcome sense of momentum at just the right moment.
Jurgen Klopp named the same eleven for three consecutive games for the first time since January 2020 in the 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, and could make some changes for this one. Thiago, who recovered from a hip flexor issue to come off the bench in Liverpool’s last three fixtures, could be in contention. But the Spaniard’s last league start came prior to the injury in a 3-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of February with the manager preferring Curtis Jones of late. Diaz will also be hoping to add to his cameo appearances against Leeds and Nottingham Forest, but the game may come too early to make his way into the manager’s starting XI for the first time since October. Klopp could look to rest Fabinho for the trip to West Ham, with the Brazilian a yellow card in this game away from a two-match ban.
Darwin Nunez has not started since the goalless draw at Chelsea, while Fabinho has begun to show glimpses of form and will also be keen to start regardless of the threat of suspension. Should Konate remain a doubt, Joe Gomez could be introduced from the start for the first time since the trip to Stamford Bridge three weeks ago.
Klopp will be hoping to see the same improved level of performance that the side have produced in recent weeks. Just seven games separate the Reds from their European fate next season and a positive set of results in the run-in could have healthy knock-on implications for momentum.