Defensive injuries continue to mount for Liverpool and West Ham will aim to exploit the Reds backline at Anfield on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s latest injury issue is Fabinho. The Brazilian had slotted in perfectly for the previously injured Virgil van Dijk. Now, with an unknown timeline for Fabinho’s absence, the Reds face an uncertain defensive future.
West Ham are rolling. They are unbeaten in three straight games and most recently took points off of both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. On matchday 6, West Ham were brilliant against the Cityzens, claiming a first half 1-0 lead. Although Manchester City came back to grab a point, it was a great showing by an improving West Ham.
Liverpool will be leery of the visitors. However, Klopp will hope that he gets some of his injured stars such as Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara back in time for the game. The Reds are coming off a midweek Champions League 2-0 win versus Midtjylland. The victory took Liverpool to the top of their group. It wasn’t an easy victory and goals only came in the second half from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah from the spot.
Can West Ham take points off of another top Premier League side or will Liverpool remain at the head of the table?
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Liverpool are unbeaten in four straight games in all competitions. Three straight games ended in wins. Remarkably, while everyone has decried the loss of Van Dijk to injury, Liverpool have suddenly improved in defence. The Reds posted two clean sheets in their last three games in all competitions.
On matchday 6, Liverpool did concede a goal after a controversial penalty was given to Sheffield United early in the game. Undeterred, Klopp’s side came back and scored twice to win 2-1.
The Reds are on a 10-match unbeaten run versus West Ham. During that timeframe they have posted a record of 6W-4D-0L. West Ham’s last win versus Liverpool came back in 2015-16. That season saw the Hammers do the double over the Anfielders.
Recent games have been high scoring between the sides. Six of the last eight meetings between them finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Six of the last nine games between the teams ended with both teams scoring goals. Liverpool have the Premier League’s best home record this term. They have collected nine points from nine possible, posting a +4-goal difference.
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Fabinho’s hamstring injury may be not as bad as first feared. However, he is likely to miss Liverpool’s game versus West Ham and against Atalanta in the Champions League. Matchday 8 in the Premier League sees Liverpool travel to Manchester City and Fabinho will be needed on that day.
His injury gives teenager Rhys Williams the chance to start. He came on for Fabinho and did well enough next to Joe Gomez. Centre-back Joel Matip is still working his way back from an injury suffered versus Everton. Thiago Alcantara was also injured in that game and could return this weekend. Naby Keita may be in line to start after recovering from COVID-19.
Against Midtjylland, Klopp removed Jordan Henderson from the game at halftime in favour of Georginio Wijnaldum. The reason for the move was likely to preserve Henderson for the weekend. The captain is an emergency centre-back as was shown in the FIFA World Club Cup last season.
David Moyes is hoping forward Michail Antonio will be fit for Saturday’s game. Antonio has a thigh strain. His bullying of defenders could see West Ham take advantage of Williams and Gomez. If Antonio cannot play, Moyes would be well served to start Sebastien Haller, who is good in the air.
Liverpool vs West Ham Prediction
Liverpool summer signing Diogo Jota hit the ground running at Anfield. The winger has fit in well and could start at the weekend. He played in midweek but came off in the 81st minute. Klopp could choose to play Jota along with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane, like he did versus Sheffield United. Jota has three goals in all competitions for Liverpool with two of those coming in back to back games versus Sheffield United and Midtjylland.
Although Liverpool’s defence has tightened up, the Reds have seen six of their 10 games in all competitions finish with both teams scoring goals. Five of West Ham’s nine games in all competition finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Last season’s game at Anfield finished 3-2 with the Reds coming back twice to finally claim a win.
Liverpool have won six of their last 10 games versus West Ham. Six of the last eight games between the clubs ended with over 2.5 goals scored. That includes last season’s game at Anfield which finished 3-2. The Reds are on a three-match winning streak and joint-leaders at the top of the table with Merseyside rival Everton.
Injuries could play a part in Liverpool’s title defence. However, the Reds have played well over the last three games even without Van Dijk. If Matip can get back to full fitness and Williams can fill in until Fabinho returns, the Reds should be fine. Then, in January, they could dip into the transfer market to get a Van Dijk replacement.
Liverpool face Manchester City at the Etihad on November 8. Klopp needs his side to claim a win versus West Ham in the league before playing Manchester City. If the Reds can win both games, they will be in good position to lead the league going into the November international break and a chance to get players fit.
West Ham are in good form and have taken points off of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City over the course of the last two weeks. Liverpool should claim a third straight win versus West Ham and remain at the top of the Premier League table.
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Liverpool vs West Ham Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham this Saturday?
Anfield will be the host venue for Saturday's Premier League game between Liverpool and West Ham.A
What are the odds on Liverpool winning at Anfield against West Ham?
Liverpool are the favourites to win on Saturday. You can back the red at odds of 41/100 to beat West at Anfield.A
What are the odds on West Ham beating Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday?
West Ham are the underdogs going into the Premier League game at Anfield against Liverpool. The Hammers have been priced at odds of 15/2 to win.A
What time is kick-off for Liverpool vs West Ham?
Liverpool vs West Ham kicks-off at 17:30 on Saturday 31 October.A