WEST HAM VS. LIVERPOOL
| Sunday, November 7th |
Premier League | Anfield
4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST
The Reds march onto the 11th game of the season when they travel to London Stadium to take on West Ham United. The Reds are the only undefeated team in the league, but they still sit in second place behind Chelsea. They’ll want to put pressure on the Blues, who currently enjoy a three point lead at the top of the table.
Unfortunately, any game plan from the manager will come without the help of Roberto Firmino, who will be out indefinitely with a serious hamstring injury. It’s only November, but the injuries are once again mounting up for the Reds as they head into the difficult festive period.
David Moyes’s West Ham are in fourth place, and last weekend they proved their talent with a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa. A win against Liverpool for the Hammers could potentially see them leapfrog over the Reds and into second place, a situation we’d all like to avoid.
West Ham have a great home record so far this season, and Moyes will be looking to impress as he celebrates his 1000th game as a Premier League manager. Liverpool will be looking to remind David Moyes that he’s David Moyes playing against Liverpool.
Predicted Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mané
Firmino, as mentioned, will miss out for at least the next four weeks. Alongside of him on the sidelines for this match will be Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, who has a calf injury, Curtis Jones with an eye injury, Harvey Elliott, and James Milner.
Fabinho and Thiago should both be supporting Jordan Henderson in the midfield, unless Klopp thinks one or both of them isn’t fit to start, in which case, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would get the call.
In contrast, West Ham have very little in the way of injury concerns. Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlasic both got taken off the pitch as a precaution midweek in the Europa League. They should be available for selection.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “You watch them and it’s fun. They are a high intensity team. They have top strikers. I like Bowen a lot, he made his way up from Hull and showed the PL what kind of player he is.”
David Moyes: “We go into the game believing in how we’re playing. We want to give them a better game than last year and show them we’ve progressed. We know they’ll rise to the challenge too and it’ll be a tough game.”
Referee: Craig Pawson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Andre Marriner. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis.
Kickoff is set for 4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST tomorrow. In the meantime, The Liverpool Offside team will keep you updated with all of the team news and match buildup as it becomes available, along with providing a matchday liveblog and post-match recaps and reaction. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account and have your say on the action as it happens.