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Match Preview: Liverpool vs West Ham

Date & time: October 31st, 2020 - 5:30pm

Where: Anfield

Is it on: Sky Sports

Ref: Kevin Friend

Another win in our Champions League group on Tuesday has seen us move into a fairly strong position ahead of next Tuesday's visit to Atalanta.

But today we turn our attention to the Premier League again, as the visit of West Ham sees the Reds in with a chance of - albeit temporarily - returning to the top of the table.

Central defence aside, Liverpool will still field a strong side, with debates over who now replaces our back-up centre back at the centre.

The injury to Fabinho was another bitter blow but it allows Joe Gomez to take centre stage and show he still has what it takes, whilst whoever becomes his partner also has a chance to stake a claim and show that we don't need to delve into the market again.

West Ham won't make it easy though. Their form this season has seen them rise to mid-table, with draws against Spurs and Man City in recent weeks really galvanising them. It'll be a tough one tonight.

Injuries & Suspension

Fabinho has joined Van Dijk, Matip and Tsimikas as our defensive absentees, although he should return after the international break.

We're also still - obviously - missing Oxlade-Chamberlain but that happens so frequently that it's barely worth mentioning anymore.

Thiago and Keita are still touch and go and both are as likely to feature as not. But a return of Thiago today would be a particular boost for the midfield that has looked a little static and short of creativity in recent games.

For West Ham, things took a turn for the worst in the week, as it was announced that Michail Antonio would be out for up to six weeks, but Moyes still has a strong squad to choose from.

Last 5 games:

Liverpool (all comps): L-D-W-W-W

West Ham (all comps): W-L-W-D-D

Predicted Line up

It really isn't a team that picks itself at the moment, with 4-5 positions being rotated from game-to-game. Some out of necessity, others just trying to find a system that works with all the injuries.

But I'd expect to see one of Keita or Thiago return today, out of necessity, particularly with the game against City coming up before the international break.

It gets interesting in the centre of defence though, does young Rhys Williams retain his place alongside Gomez? For me, Henderson should start there today, at least. And see how it goes over the next week.

Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Henderson, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jota, Mane, Salah and Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Williams, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Shaqiri and Origi.

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