Right after a sensational match in opposition to Arsenal, Liverpool are going to play against West Ham United at their home ground on 29 August. Although, West Ham United have not won any match at Anfield since 1963, yet, their coach, Slaven Bilic is not bothered with the past. His plan is doing work much better than previous season since his men are more dynamic now. Anyway, here is the Liverpool vs West Ham match preview, team news and everything, what you need to know prior to the clash.
Liverpool vs West Ham Match Preview
Liverpool Team News
After a disgruntled season, Liverpool would like to start it over. Numerous things occurred at Anfield. For instance, Steven Gerrard left, Sterling gone after Manchester City, Mario Balotelli made a comeback to Milan, Lallana and Henderson are having injuries and many others. All those situations are pulling Liverpool down. Among 3 matches, Liverpool have won 2 and made draw against Gunners. While, the final score was adequate to make them pleased but score line was not. At the same time, Brendan Rodgers’ refurbished strategy is not adhering to the men. In simple words, Liverpool’s men need to be more tightly focused.
Although, players like Coutinho, the new signing, Christian Denteke, Firmino, Gomez etc. are playing quite good but Liverpool’s gameplay is little bit promiscuous. This is due to the injuries of imperative players like Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Sturridge. Sturridge is having a thigh injury and he will probably be unavailable in this match as well. At the same time, Rodgers’ midfielder, Joe Allen is also out of this match as a consequence of hamstring injury.
Liverpool are in need of consecutive win to finish this tournament being a better place holder. Having said that, their injuries and other issues have become primary impediment in this season.
West Ham United Team News
Even after starting with a astounded win against Arsenal, West Ham United are going toward the same situation as before. They have lost to Leicester City and Bournemouth following a 2-0 win against Gunners. Adrian and Ogbonna are hauling their team behind and West Ham supporters have witnessed this in the last match against Leicester City. However, Reid, Payet and Cresswell are playing a lot better than others. Not only these three players but also Zarate and Kouyate are also playing quite better than previous season. This is certainly going to be a game changer match for West Ham since they have not won last 42 matches at Anfield. Among those 42 matches, they have lost 31 matches against Liverpool. At the same time, they have another down side, which is they have lost 12 previous EPL away matches before the victory over Arsenal.
But, the great thing is their coach is not concerned with the past and he is trying to turn this page over by winning against Liverpool. Definitely, you have to play something extraordinary but this is not extremely hard since so many immensely important Reds are out of this match due to injury.
Liverpool vs West Ham Match Timing
Match: Liverpool vs West Ham United
Date/Time: Saturday, August 29, 10:00 AM (ET) – 3 PM (UK) – 7:30 PM (IST)
Expected Starting Lineup of Liverpool
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Gomez; Lucas, Milner, Can; Firmino, Coutinho; Benteke
Expected Starting Lineup of West Ham United
Randolph; Tomkins, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Jarvis; Sakho
Who Will Get 3 Points?
Considering the recent form of Liverpool, obviously, this is not going to be an easy win for them since West Ham United can make the awkward thing happen at Anfield. Liverpool must make their defense stronger and forward brutal. Otherwise, West Ham are going to take this on.