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Liverpool team news: Daniel Sturridge set for return? Predicted XI to face West Ham

first_img 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 33. Jordon Ibe (right wing) – With Adam Lallana struggling for form, teenage star Ibe may get the chance to shine against the Hammers… 12 12 12 12 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 Liverpool are now within touching distance of the top four, so can Jurgen Klopp’s men continue their climb up the table and kick off 2016 with three points against West Ham on Saturday?The Reds have recovered from their mid-season blip, although somewhat unconvincingly with two 1-0 wins courtesy of back-to-back Christian Benteke strikes.But will their forward be boosted by the return of England striker Daniel Sturridge as the Reds travel to Upton Park on the hunt for a third consecutive Premier League win?Sturridge hasn’t featured since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the start of December, when he suffered a fresh injury blow.Reports this week have suggested the frontman could make a return to the team for the West Ham clash, after revealing on social media this week he is ‘good to go’ after making a return to training.However, is appears Jurgen Klopp is still cautious over Sturridge’s long-term fitness, with confirmation the frontman has NOT travelled with the team to London.Captain Jordan Henderson is also out of the game after limping out of the victory over Sunderland with a foot injury, while the likes of Divock Origi [hamstring], midfielder James Milner [calf] and defender Martin Skrtel are also on the sidelines.So, with Sturridge sidelined, who will Klopp pick to face Slaven Bilic’s men? Click the right arrow for talkSPORT’s predicted XI… 21. Lucas (holding midfield) – Supposing captain Henderson is ruled out, the Brazilian is likely to deputise 12 12 12 23. Emre Can (holding midfield) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 10. Philippe Coutinho (left wing) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 9. Christian Benteke (striker) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Hamlast_img read more

LISTEN: Garry Monk tells talkSPORT he didn’t ‘align’ with Leeds’ new ownership

first_imgGarry Monk has explained he had to leave Leeds United because he didn’t ‘align’ with the Elland Road club’s new ownership.Appointed Leeds boss last summer, Monk appeared on his way to guiding the Whites to a play-off place – though a late season collapse saw them miss out on a top six finish.The 38-year-old was expected to extend his stay with the Yorkshire club, but talks with owner Andrea Radrizzani broke down after the Italian completed his full takeover.Radrizzani purchased the remaining 50 per cent of Leeds from Massimo Cellino on May 23 to take full ownership, and just two days later Monk’s resignation was confirmed.He has since been appointed Middlesbrough manager on a three-year deal, and speaking to talkSPORT Monk has revealed it was the ownership which caused him to depart Elland Road.He said: “I loved [my time at Leeds]. It was a situation where I went into Leeds, a fantastic club, and got to work straight away.“My only thought at that point last season was to be at Leeds and to continue at Leeds.“But once you go through that new process – the new ownership – after the season had finished when I got to speak to the ownership there and have those discussions, it was one of those where it didn’t align with how I felt I need to work at my best to take the club forward.“And that happens.”Relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, Boro will be aiming to achieve an immediate return to the top flight.Chairman Steve Gibson has done well to hire one of the most highly rated young managers in the English game, and Monk admitted Gibson played a key role in his decision to move to Teesside.“When you speak to him, the passion he has, the desire he has, for this club – the determination – was something that really struck me.“I’m a determined person myself, and I said I wanted to be challenged. And this is a real challenge for me – and for Middlesbrough itself.“Once I spoke to him it was very clear this would be the right club and the right opportunity for myself.”last_img read more