Preview and Prediction
The Hammers seems to be going through tough weeks lately. They have to take on big teams such as Tottenham, Manchester City and the reigning Champions this weekend in a row. They have been unbeaten in the past four games and are confident to snatch a point too in Anfield, the home of Liverpool which has had tight fixtures in the past two weeks.
The teams’ previous games
Liverpool sealed another victory against FC Midtylland in the Champions League by dismantling the visitors 2-0. Diogo Jota opened the scoring after taking advantage of the pinpoint pass from Xerdan Shaqiri and Alex-Arnold. Mo Salah eventually doubled their lead through a penalty.
West Ham finally avoided another defeat against Pep Guardiola’s men. They were able to frustrate The Citizens and took the lead first by Michael Antonio’s an overhead volley kick. Yet, Manchester City equalised by Phil Foden on the second half.
Jurgen Klopp might still be sticking to his favourite 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. Their trident might be irreplaceable but the lack of goals from Firmino still concerns him. They lead the attack supported by Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones. On the injury table, apart from Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Thiago, Joel Matip and Konstantinos Tsimikas are still ruled out.
David Moyes is confident with his 5-4-1 formation against the high profile team. However, Michael Antonio is rather doubtful to be in the starting IX due to his injury. Thus, Sebastian Haller should deputise as the frontman. In the midfield, Jarred Bowem, Pablo Fornals will be supporting from both flanks, whereas Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are operating in the middle.
Players to watch
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are still the top performers in The Reds, including this season. They both have netted six and four goals each in Premier League. Another notable name to watch is surely Alisson Becker who have returned to the pitch lately.
In West Ham, their youngsters Jarred Bowen and Declan Rice are the two most talented side of the squad this season. Another key man in the team is the top assist provider, the full back Aaron Cresswell.
Liverpool vs West Ham Prediction
The Reds’ crisis at the backline can still be covered by Fabinho and Joe Gomez. Thus, Klopp has the least concern at the back than Firmino’s degrading contribution lately. The Brazilian is in need of improving his form since West Ham is deploying the defensive stance. Therefore, a narrow win for the home side is still more likely.