Liverpool – West Ham: Emre Can starts in defence

Liverpool – West Ham: Emre Can starts in defence  [divider]

Emre Can will make his ninth straight start in the Liverpool defence against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.

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The 21-year-old has played the last nine games in defence despite originally being signed as a midfielder when he joined on a £9.75 million move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has made a total of 18 appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season.

Can was involved in a controversial incident mid-week against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi final when Diego Costa stamped on his ankle.

Costa was given a three-match ban for violent conduct by the FA following the game.

Liverpool were on a 10 match unbeaten run prior to the 1-0 loss against the Blues.

The Reds have a great record against West Ham at Anfield having only lost three times against the Hammers at home.

Liverpool – West Ham

Referee: Andre Marriner

Stadium: Anfield

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Lucas, Moreno, Markovic, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling

Subs: Ward, Johnson, Lambert, Sturridge, Allen, Borini, Ibe

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

West Ham: Adrian, O’Brien, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Song, Amalfitano, Nolan (c), Downing, Carroll, Valencia

Manager: Sam Allardyce