|Liverpool must beat West Ham to stay close to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. (Photo credit: 90min.com)|
Liverpool came from behind to win in the Europa League on Thursday, and it felt good that their substitutes impacted the game brilliantly in the second half.
The Kops have struggled in some games, but they have continued to grind out results. Jurgen Klopp needs to keep up with Manchester City at the top of the log, and only a win against West Ham on Sunday would achieve that.
West Ham have had a great start to the season. Three wins and a draw in five games is a sharp contrast to their start to last season, where they struggled against relegation but ended on a high in the Europa League.
Jarrod Bowen, James Ward Prowse, and Michail Antonio have all contributed immensely to their good start, and they would love to keep it up. They have already beaten a big side, with Chelsea losing 3-1 to the Hammers, but their only blemish so far was the loss to Manchester City.
The Hammers are in 6th position and would love to take advantage of the game between Arsenal and Tottenham to break into the top four, but they have to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday at the buzzing Anfield to complete the equation.
How will Liverpool line up? The Kops will have Virgil Van Dijk back in defence, but Trent Alexander Arnold could miss the game despite returning to training already. Ibrahim Konate is fit and could partner with the Dutchman in the defence.
Dominik Sxoboslai and Alexis Mac Allister will feature in midfield, but Mohammed Salah is the only player guaranteed a starting shirt. Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota, Harvey Elliot, Darwin Nunez, and Luis Dias will all fight for the available spots in the starting lineup.
Ward Prowse has had a sensational start to life as a West Ham player. Liverpool should be wary of committing fouls in dangerous areas and must also pay attention to the likes of Thomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma when defending corner kicks.
The Hammers will have a lot to do to stop Salah and the other two named by Klopp, but they also have to pay attention to Szoboslai. The Hungarian has settled in well at Liverpool and is contributing assists to help Liverpool’s cause.