Jürgen Klopp’s second full season in charge at Liverpool was supposed to contain a strong and concerted title challenge, but with 10 games played that is looking increasingly unlikely. Indifferent results against the likes of Burnley, Watford and Newcastle have left them 12 points adrift of the leaders, and a string of wins is required if they’re to improve on their current position of 6th at the end of the season.
Where better to start that run, then, than the London Stadium. West Ham have themselves struggled this season, with manager Slaven Bilić’s position at the club becoming increasingly precarious.
The Hammers have shown spirit in recent outings, however, and will certainly be no pushovers. With that in mind, it’s vital that Klopp gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|0||1||3 / 1|
|0||0||1 / 0|
|0||0||1 / 0|
|0||3||1 / 0|
|1||1||1 / 0|
|1||2||4 / 0|
|1||0||0 / 0|
|6||3||1 / 0|
|9||3||0 / 0|
|3||2||0 / 0|
|Totals||21||15||14 / 1|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Liverpool’s back line has been the subject of much scrutiny this season, but against Huddersfield last time out their performance was far more encouraging. That was the first time Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno had all started together, and they look set to continue here.
Daniel Sturridge has made a return to the score sheet recently, finding the back of the net in each of Liverpool’s last 2 games, and he looks set to be given the opportunity to start here. He will be accompanied by summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mo Salah, both of whom are beginning to look increasingly at home in their new surroundings.
Overall, it’s a side that looks more than capable of claiming a much-needed win, and with huge odds of 25/1 available to new Betfair customers, they look well worth backing too.