The new Premier League season finally kickstarts this weekend and Liverpool, following a Champions League final heartbreak against Real Madrid, are thriving to attain silverware in the aftermath of a productive summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s juggernaut will be welcoming West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday lunchtime and is expecting a tricky contest against a side managed by veteran Manuel Pellegrini who spent at around £100m to make some significant summer signings. Liverpool, however, have retained their top stars alongside a hefty spending spree thus increased a much-needed squad depth that lacked last season and troubled them in crunch clashes.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Team News:
Liverpool are already struggling with multiple injury concerns, particularly in deep defence with Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren being ruled out through thigh strain and lack of match fitness. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will be assessed in training with the latter missed out weeks of football following a groin injury in pre-season. James Milner and Fabinho are back in training shaking off injury scares but the season-ending injury of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is going to be a huge blow for the Merseysiders.
West Ham are set to miss out Andy Carroll and Winston Reid for months with ankle and knee injuries whereas Manuel Lanzini is ruled out until the end of this year after suffering an ACL rupture in Argentina’s training camp prior to World Cup. Edimilson Fernandes is set to miss the tie with a minor issue but Andriy Yarmolenko, the new signing from Borussia Dortmund, is likely to be involved recovering from a hip strain.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Probable Lineups:
Subs: Loris Karius, Fabinho, Alberto Moreno, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge.
West Ham United:
Subs: Lukasz Fabianski, Fabián Balbuena, Ryan Fredericks, Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, Andriy Yarmolenko,Arthur Masuaku.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Anfield ended in a comprehensive 4-1 win for the Reds earlier this year. Emre Can, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino earned the hosts a 3-0 lead within an hour mark before Michail Antonio pulled one back against the run of play. Sadio Mane, too, joined the party as he restored the three-goal advantage late in the game.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Head-To-Head Stats:
Liverpool Win: 73
West Ham Win: 28
Liverpool vs West Ham United Key Players:
Liverpool, once again, will rely on Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane – the lethal front trio of last season. Hopes are high from Naby Keita to run to show in the middle of the park whereas Xherdan Shaqiri and a fit Daniel Sturridge are likely to leave an impact coming off the bench. Alisson, in goal, will start his Premier League journey after competing a mega-money switch from AS Roma.
The Hammers have roped in Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record transfer and the Brazilian, alongside Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio and Javier Hernandez, is tipped to test the Reds defensive resilience. Jack Wilshere will be a massive influence in the middle of the park following his Bosman move from Arsenal upon expiration of his contract.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Pre-season Form ( Latest Result First):
West Ham United: W-D-W-W-D
Liverpool vs West Ham United Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
West Ham United: 13.50
Liverpool vs West Ham United Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled for Sunday from 6:00 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select HD1 for Indian viewers. The game will also be streamed on Hotstar, however, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.