Echo journalists have their say on preferred starting XI vs Hammers
The lineups are nearly identical. The only question is who should be given a nod in midfield: Hendo or Millie?
James Pearce - 'Harsh on James Milner'
"Centre-back is the one area of concern for Jurgen Klopp with Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip all set to miss out. The hope is that Joe Gomez will be fit to partner Virgil van Dijk. I'd pick Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Nathaniel Clyne at right-back and Andy Robertson has to get the nod ahead of Alberto Moreno on the other flank.
"The front three pick themselves but midfield is an interesting one. With Fabinho having had a knock and been ill this week I'd be tempted to start Jordan Henderson instead.
"Jurgen Klopp described his captain as being "full of power" despite only returning to Melwood this week. I'd go with a midfield three of Henderson, Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum. That's harsh on James Milner who has been excellent in pre-season but there's no need to take any risks with that head wound."
Pearce's team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Ian Doyle - 'I'd not go with Jordan Henderson'
To Sturridge or not to Sturridge? That will be the question for Jurgen Klopp as he ponders whether to capitalise on the striker's good pre-season form. However, while Roberto Firmino may not be firing on all cylinders, the Reds will want their strongest available attack as they look to make a solid start to their Premier League campaign.
Joe Gomez, we have to hope, will be fit, and I'd be willing to throw Trent Alexander-Arnold in at right-back despite his World Cup exertions. For that reason, then, I'd not go with Jordan Henderson in midfield. James Milner is in, alongside Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum, whose performance against Torino in midweek merits his inclusion.
Doyle's team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino.
Kristian Walsh - 'Wouldn't be fair on Fabinho'
"The wait is finally over for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. And true to form, he has an injury crisis to deal with and a few dilemmas. He is hopeful Joe Gomez will be fit, so let's assume he is good to go against West Ham. If not, it will be Nat Phillips making his Premier League bow. A fit Gomez partners Virgil van Dijk, with Andy Robertson left and Trent Alexander-Arnold doing enough for me to begin at right back.
"In midfield, it wouldn't be fair on Fabinho to hand him a debut after a week of injury and illness, so Jordan Henderson is rushed back with Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum ahead of him. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Wijnaldum in an attacking sense this season, and no better opportunity to display that than on the opening weekend. Up front is as obvious as the goalkeeper."
Walsh's team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino.