LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM PREVIEW: AIM FOR 3 POINTS
After a fairly good start to the season, Liverpool play their first Saturday fixture in the 2015/16 English Premier League tomorrow, against West Ham United at Anfield. With 7 points earned from three games, including a draw away against Arsenal, most Anfield faithfuls have so far expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance. In particular, Liverpool’s defense, bolstered by the presence of Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne in combination with Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel, has been praised a lot by fans.
Yet, Liverpool certainly haven’t been able to display a convincing performance at the front with only 2 goals from 3 games. Tomorrow’s game will thus be a real test for Liverpool’s attack and manager Brendan Rodgers will perhaps need to form a better attacking formation, compared to the last three games.
Attack from the word go
After the failure to find enough goals in the first three games, including one which was gifted by the referee to Benteke against Bournemouth, BR will need to change the approach to ensuring a victory. So far, promising strikers like Danny Ings and Divock Origi haven’t been featured in a single game, while the team has only been able to grab narrow victories. Thus, starting with an attacking formation in the first half should be prioritized.
Coping with the injuries
The Reds will also have to deal with the absence of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Joe Allen. While it could be argued that the squad has enough depth to replace Lallana and Allen, Henderson’s absence will certainly be felt. In his absence, Can and Milner may need to play a stronger role to allow Coutinho to create enough opportunities.
With five major players on the sidelines, it certainly won’t be easy for West Ham to repeat the brilliant performance in the opening day of the current season, when they beat Arsenal away. However, the team’s performance in the next two matches was pretty dismal, with the team conceding 6 goals in 2 games at home. With Adrian and Carl Jenkinson set to miss the game because of suspension, West Ham certainly can expect a difficult game at Anfield.
The stats favour the Reds
Considering the results in the last 10 fixtures between the two teams, Liverpool definitely have the upper hand. With 8 victories, 1 loss and 1 draw since the 2009/10 season, fans can rightly expect the Reds to come out victorious again. In fact, it has been 52 years since the Hammers last won a league game at Anfield. Fans thus can rightfully expect Liverpool to add 3 more points in the league table.