After one of the best transfer windows in their recent history, the Reds start their campaign against a new look West Ham United. Liverpool have managed to plug certain gaps that seemed evident last season and look like a side that is capable to challenge high flying Manchester City. West Ham United on the other hand too had a great transfer window and managed to sign some impact players like Yarmalenko from Dortmund and Filipe Luis from Lazio. With the rejuvenated Jack Wilshere to marshal the midfield and a new manager in the form of Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham are no pushovers.
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However, Pellegrini will face a daunting task in his first game as West Ham manager. Liverpool were unbeaten against them last season and were unbeaten at home for the entirety of last season too. Klopp, on the other hand, has injury concerns as Joe Gomez looks like the only fit central defender to partner big Virgil Van Dijk. Alisson, Keita, and Fabinho are all in contention to make their Premier League debut.
The Squad. pic.twitter.com/3WVgoEjuJ5
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Key Players :
Liverpool – Naby Keita
Keita is Liverpool’s big signings this summer and there has been great optimism at Anfield since he signed a pre-contract with the club last winter transfer window. Apart from the already brilliant front, three Liverpool have managed to add another dynamic to their game with the acquisition of this hard-working box to box midfielder. He would be Liverpool’s key man this season and will look to make a mark right from the word go.
West Ham United – Jack Wilshere
The man who was once tipped to be England’s next big thing faltered due to many injuries that he suffered during his career at Arsenal. But the good news is that he is back and he seems as fit as ever. Wilshere will have to work his socks off to play his part in attacking as well as helping his defenders defend against Liverpool’s star men upfront. Another challenge for him will be coping with the midfield of Keita and Fabinho who are famed for making interceptions and tackles. This would really be a test for the man who at his prime is as good as anyone in the world.
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) August 4, 2018
It would be highly unlikely that West Ham will be able to take back any points from Anfield, given the high flying Reds looked extremely sharp and as good as last season if not better and the backing of the Kop at Anfield. Liverpool should have this game in their pocket if they perform as well as they are capable of. But nothing is certain in the Premier League and this match promises to be a cracker.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 12, 2018