Liverpool FC XI vs West Brom: Sadio Mane starts - lineup, confirmed team news, latest injury updates today

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 (ES Composite)
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Liverpool have Champions League qualification back in their sights, but know nothing less than three wins from their three remaining Premier League games will do - starting at West Brom today.

Chelsea’s surprise home defeat to Arsenal in midweek has thrown open the top four race once again, and Liverpool’s thrilling 4-2 win at Manchester United on Thursday night means the champions are still in with a chance of Champions League football.

The win at Old Trafford sent Liverpool fifth, three points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues face Leicester in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, so Liverpool could be just a point behind when Chelsea play their next League game - coincidentally against third-placed Leicester on Tuesday.

With either Leicester, Chelsea or both sides guaranteed to drop points in that game, Liverpool are making a late charge for the top four - and Jurgen Klopp will leave his players under no illusions as to the importance of Sunday’s trip to The Hawthorns.

While the champions still have a lengthy injury list, they have won their last two games with Diogo Jota starting - but the forward is out injured for the rest of the season.

Sadio Mane was the fall guy at Old Trafford and reacted angrily to an attempted fist-bump from Klopp at full-time, but the Senagal star starts with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino given Jota’s absence.

With Liverpool on a rare winning streak this season, Klopp has not changes too much with centre-backs Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams playing again after rallying well after conceding early on at Old Trafford.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Rhys Williams, Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs: Wijnaldum, Adrian, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Origi, Woodburn, Clarkson, Neco Williams, Koumetio

Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R Williams, Phillips, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Adrian, N Williams, Koumetio, Tsimikas, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Shaqiri, Woodburn.

Injury list: Henderson, Milner, Van Dijk, Keita, Davies, Matip, Gomez, Kabak, Kelleher, Jota

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