Liverpool are considered the closest challengers to Manchester City for the Premier League title and it’s imperative Jurgen Klopp’s side get off to a good start following their good summer. The Reds have scored four goals in each of their last three matches against West Ham.
West Ham will hope for some continuity on and off the field this season. They have appointed a former Premier League-winning manager and have made, potentially, some very exciting signings. This, however, is a nightmare opening game for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Liverpool- Dejan Lovren is not fit enough to feature for Liverpool following his late return from the 2018 World Cup, while there are also question marks over the fitness of the England players that were involved in Russia.
Joel Matip is also ruled out for the home side after succumbing to injury once again, meaning Joe Gomez should partner Virgil Van Dijk at the back if he can recover from a knock in time. Bet Now
Trent Alexander-Arnold featured in Liverpool’s final pre-season game and should be fit enough to start, but Jordan Henderson may have to settle for a place on the bench.
There should be full debuts for Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson on Sunday, while Jurgen Klopp will have to weigh up whether to reward Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri’s fine pre-season form with starts against West Ham.
West Ham- Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll are ruled out for West Ham, while summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko is a slight doubt.
Manuel Pellegrini may opt for the experience of Pablo Zabaleta over new signing Ryan Fredericks at right-back at Anfield.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 21 home matches in Premier League.
Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 home matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Liverpool’s last 10 Premier League home games.
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 6 home matches (Premier League).
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