Liverpool v West Ham
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool and West Ham clash at Anfield in their first Premier League game of the 2018/19 campaign.
Liverpool have done some impressive work in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. The new signings have made the Reds one of the favourites to win the Premier League title this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have enjoyed a good pre-season, but the Reds ended the campaign in inconsistent form, winning just one of their final four top-flight games. The home side did, however, keep four clean sheets in their last six league games.
Liverpool are formidable opponents on home soil, unbeaten in 21 Premier League games. The Reds last home league defeat was back in April 2017, when Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Anfield.
There have been some big changes at West Ham during the summer. The biggest one being Manuel Pellegrini coming in as boss in place of David Moyes.
The Chilean has been busy strengthening his squad bringing in the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere, Andrey Yarmolenko, Lucas Perez and Felipe Anderson among others.
The additions to the Hammers squad were much needed, as the club from east London spent much of last season at the wrong end of the table.
West Ham’s end of season away record does not bode well for a win at Anfield, as the Irons won just once in their last six games on their travels, suffering four defeats in the process.
Liverpool are without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip through injury. Dejan Lovren is not yet match-fit after the World Cup, so Joe Gomez is likely to start alongside Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence. James Milner and Ragnar Klavan are also fitness doubts. Alisson, Keita and Fabinho are expected to make their debuts.
West Ham are without Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini. The new arrivals could all make their debuts in this clash, although Yarmolenko is a slight injury doubt.