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Martin Skrtel netted twice in the early stages

Martin Skrtel netted twice in the early stages

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Martin Skrtel netted twice in the early stages

Defender Martin Skrtel returns to the Liverpool squad to face West Ham after recovering from a knee injury which has sidelined him for three matches.

Fellow defender Glen Johnson (thigh) is unlikely to be ready to come back while Jon Flangan has undergone an operation on a troublesome knee.

Midfielder Joe Allen has still not recovered from a knee injury sustained on international duty while Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to a return from a thigh strain.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Manquillo, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Markovic, Sterling, Balotelli, Jones, Skrtel, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Coutinho, Borini, Suso, Lambert.

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