Liverpool v West Ham preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Liverpool and West Ham at Anfield (kick-off 5.30pm).

Last Updated: 19/11/10 at 14:51

Johnson: Could face his former club

Johnson: Could face his former club

Liverpool will be without captain Steven Gerrard as the midfielder has been sidelined for a month by a hamstring injury.

The 30-year-old sustained a grade two tear in England's friendly defeat to France in midweek and will be out for at least three to four weeks.

With Lucas Leiva serving a one-match suspension for his sending off in last weekend's defeat at Stoke and Jay Spearing injuring his ankle in training on Friday morning, options in central midfield look limited.

The likely option seems to be to pair Christian Poulsen and Raul Meireles together, although another strategy would be to select teenager Jonjo Shelvey.

Defenders Glen Johnson, back after three games out, and Fabio Aurelio, who has made one substitute appearance since the end of August, are both in the squad. Joe Cole (hamstring) is still a week away from fitness.

Scott Parker is a major doubt for the Hammers.

The in-form midfielder is suffering with a chest infection and will need a late fitness check as the Hammers look for their first win at Anfield in 47 years.

Julien Faubert returns to the squad after suspension but Valon Behrami (hip) is still a doubt and Manuel Da Costa (ankle), Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are ruled out. Young forwards Zavon Hines (knee) and Junior Stanislas (groin) are back in training but will not be risked this weekend.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Poulsen, Meireles, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Torres, Jones, Johnson, Kelly, Shelvey, Jovanovic, Babel, Ngog, Aurelio.

West Ham (from): Green, Jacobsen, Upson, Ilunga, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Ben Haim, Reid, Faubert, Spector, Behrami, Barrera, Parker, Kovac, Obinna, Cole, Piquionne, McCarthy, Boa Morte, Stech.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  
16:10
Everton v Man Utd  
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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