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There have been a few absences of the squa in this time, but Liverpool still know how to prove the level of the champions. The victory over Sheffeild last round helped the Kop get back to the top of the standings. However, whether Liverpool can continue to power strength when West Ham have been unpredictable this season.
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Liverpool – The bravery of the champion
Van Dijk’s serious injury in the Merseyside Derby, which leaves the Dutch centre-back out for at least six to seven months or more if the situation deteriorates. It also means that Liverpool will not be able to get Van Dijk’s services from here until the end of the season. That is clearly a significant challenge for Liverpool in realizing their goals this season. Van Dijk’s absence also means Liverpool will lose a reliable stop in the centre of defence. However, The Kop still shows them to be completely “well”, at least up to this point. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won back-to-back wins over Ajax and Sheffield United. Objectively, these are two games in which Liverpool have not played so well and even if Ajax or Sheffield made better use of the opportunities, the Red Brigade could have faced a handlessness. What is seen in Liverpool, however, is the bravery of a big team in decisive moments.
With Joel Matip suddenly injured, manager Jurgen Klopp was forced to drag Fabinho back to play as a true central defender. Overall, the Samba star played well, his ability to judge and choose a good position helped Fabinho always get the correct intervention situation, but the speed as well as the ability to fight is a minus of this player. This is not the first time that Fabinho has been given a try in his new role by Manager Jurgen Klopp, having played relatively efficiently and firmly in previous times. Of course, this will obviously be an effective firefighting option, in both a fierce and competitive long-distance race. Liverpool will need more elements to thicken their squad. But when it is not possible to get the best quality additions, Liverpool’s class and bravery need to be demonstrated, especially at this critical stage.
Liverpool’s class is undisputed, however, the Kop has now begun to reveal certain weaknesses. But, after their victory over Midtjylland in the Champions League in midweek, the Port City suffered a major loss when “reluctant centre-back” Fabinho joined team-mate Virgil van Dijk on their sick list.
Manager Jurgen Klopp’s defensive headaches have not stopped with the German coach now with only one true centre-back, Joe Gomez. Certainly, in the upcoming game, manager Jurgen Klopp will be forced to use a young centre-back to fill the hole in the four-man defence and this could be a loophole for West Ham to break through. With the exception of the big loss coming from the defence, in the rest of the positions, Liverpool will still get the services of the top stars.
Wach out for West Ham
Struggled to qualify for relegation last season. However, David Moyes’ men have made a spectacular comeback as they head into this year’s Premier League. Having trouble constantly clashing with the big men in the first round. However, coach David Moyes overcame it impressively and very excellently. Man City or Tottenham both had only one draw against the Irons, and even in the Roosters’ away trip, West Ham were three goals ahead of Spurs in the first half. However, the spirit of the french game still helped david moyes to three consecutive equalisers in the final 20 minutes. Not only that, in previous matches against Leicster and Wolves, West Ham also won extremely impressive victories.
It’s still an English counter-attacking defensive play. However, the damage in attack arrangement situations is significantly improved. Antonio’s speed, technique, combined with his ability to press, pick good positions from Jarrod Bowen or Fornals has always been dangerous weapons, making West Ham really unpredictable this season. Nevertheless, the dazzling form of the pillars in defence was the fulcfulc in which West Ham went on to win impressively.
With 5-4-1, West Ham created a layered defence in front of goalkeeper L. Fabianski. However, it was not so that the Irons lost the proactive in their attack deployment options. The manom manolyism of central midfield duo T. Soucek and D. Rice helped West Ham transition quickly from defence to attack. Just a long shot from this duo, forwards in the upper line such as Jarrod Bowen or especially Antonio will take advantage of his speed and finishing skills to be ready to finish off opponents. That’s a very familiar hit of West Ham this season.
This round, David Moyes’ men will march to Liverpool’s Anfield ground. It’s obviously a challenge but it will also be an opportunity for David Moyes and his students to continue to prove their abilities. Liverpool is struggling with the force, particularly the injury of central defender Van Dijk, although the level of the champions is something West Ham cannot take down. However, with what has been shown, David Moyes and his students showed that they are not afraid of any names. In both meetings last season, Liverpool were on the winning track against West Ham but if they continue to maintain confidence, the hope of a point for david moyes remains relatively feasible.
The home advantage and superior level, the goal of manager Jurgen Klopp in this match will surely be to win all 3 points. However, with the flaws coming from the defence, the German strategist will need to make a reasonable fight if he is not to receive the same “bitterness” as Tottenham or Man City once was.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Williams, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Antonio