TEAM NEWS: Coutinho starts, Sturridge and Origi on bench for Liverpool

The Brazilian starts for the first time since January 5, while Christian Benteke features in attack for the FA Cup fourth-round replay against West Ham


Philippe Coutinho returns to the Liverpool starting line-up for the first time in over a month as Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are both on the bench against West Ham.

The Brazilian gets a run out from the off in the FA Cup fourth-round replay at Upton Park after shaking off the hamstring injury he picked up against Stoke at the start of January.

Kevin Stewart, Brad Smith and Joao Teixeira who have impressed in previous cup outings are handed another opportunity to make an impact.

Jon Flanagan starts as he continues to build up his match sharpness after returning from a long-term knee injury which kept him out for 20 months.

Midfielder Lucas will feature at centre-back and will wear the captain’s armband.

WEST HAM: Randolph, O’Brien, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Antonio, Kouyate, Payet, Valencia

SUBS: Adrian, Carroll, Collins, Moses, Oxford, Cullen, Parfitt-s

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Flanagan, Lucas, Ilori, Smith, Stewart, Teixeira, Chirivella, Coutinho, Ibe, Benteke

SUBS: Ward, Enrique, Randall, Milner, Henderson, Sturridge, Origi

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