West Ham vs Liverpool team news: Fabio Borini handed his first start of the season as Lucas replaces Adam Lallana

Alex Song also makes his first start for West Ham

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Liverpool make three changes from the side that clinched a late 2-1 victory over Ludogorets in the Champions League midweek as Martin Skrtel, Lucas Leiva and Fabio Borini came into the starting line-up against West Ham.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side are looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, and Lucas replaces Philippe Coutinho with Borini handed his first start for the ineffective Adam Lallana. A fit-again Skrtel returned to the defence to partner Dejan Lovren.

West Ham make just one change from the side that played out the thrilling 3-3 draw with Hull on Monday, with summer loan signing Alex Song handed his first start for the club.

The former Arsenal player replaces Mauro Zarate in Sam Allardyce’s only change, with the Argentinian forward dropping to the bench.

Alex Song starts for West Ham


West Ham: Adrian, Cresswell, Reid, Tomkins, Demel, Noble, Song, Kouyate, Sakho, Downing, Valencia

Subs: Zarate, Vaz Te, Jenkinson, Collins, Amalfitano, Jaaskelainen, Cole.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Lucas, Sterling, Borini, Balotelli

Subs: Jones, Toure, Enrique, Sakho, Markovic, Lallana, Lambert.