Liverpool aspire to make an excellent start to the season despite the crippling difficulties in the defensive end of the pitch
Premier League champions Liverpool aim for back-to-back league titles as they host West Ham at Anfield. The Merseyside club is keen to continue their fine form and make it 4 wins in a row, whereas the East London club is ready to capitalize on Liverpool’s injury struggles and continue to add to their fine form lately.
The Reds are expected to start their Brazilian shot-stopper, Alisson in the goal as he gears up to make his 95th appearance for the club. The 28-year-old has managed to appear 5 times this season keeping 2 two clean sheets in all competitions.
To protect the Brazilian, Klopp is expected to deploy his pair of preferred full-backs, Andy Robertson and Alexander Trent-Arnold on the left and right-wing respectively. Unavailability of first-team options would force the German manager to utilize the academy product, Rhys Williams alongside the English international, Joe Gomez
It was a precautionary measure as Henderson was substituted at half-time against the Danish opposition in the Champions League in order to protect the Englishman for the upcoming Premier League fixture. With Naby Keita and the new signing, Thiago Alcantara highly unlikely to feature against West Ham, and fans could see Gini Wijnaldum make a return to the team alongside the versatile Englishman, James Milner.
Goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah guided Liverpool to a comfortable victory in the Champions League on Tuesday. However, the attack is expected to remain unchanged as the formidable front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah are expected to start the game. A late cameo could be expected from the in-form attacker, Diogo Jota who has managed to score 3 goals in all competitions for the Reds since his arrival last month
Liverpool’s title has been severely affected by the loss of Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch defender was an integral element for the Red’s title bid last season and would’ve played the same role again but the injury against their Merseyside rivals, Everton could see the defender miss at least 7 months with an ACL injury. Nevertheless, the English Champions have started their season strongly as they occupy the 2nd spot in the Premier League table.
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