Liverpool host West Ham United this weekend as they look to clinch 4 wins in 4 and extend their unbeaten streak at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool badly needs defensive reinforcements as they host renewed West Ham United at home on Saturday in the Premier League.
Since losing 7-2 to Aston Villa and drawing in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool has scored three close wins in their jogging, with the impressive new player Diogo Jota. Despite the problems at the back, Liverpool's four strikers appear very promising.
West Ham faced a tough fixture list to start their season and after opening day's loss to Newcastle, many people have already referred the Hammers for relegation. Since then, the Hammers have scored some complete wins and a well-deserved draw against players like Tottenham and Manchester City.
Last year's match was a fun festival of goals, as Liverpool completed a thrilling comeback in a 3-2 win. This season, the same game promises more of the same.
Team news and tactics
Liverpool are playing before the international break with a very weak defense. Talisman Virgil van Dijk will be out of the season, and improvised defender Fabinho has suffered a hamstring injury and may be out for 3 weeks.
Young Reese Williams replaced Fabinho in the UEFA Champions League match against Midgeland and impressed many. Your name could be on the payroll. Thiago and Keita have both started coaching, but Klopp has confirmed that he plans to facilitate them in matches, so it seems unlikely that the duo will start the midfielder this weekend.
Most exciting of all is the new front four that Liverpool appears to have used. Mohamed Salah plays as the farthest man on the field, with Jota and Mani spread on the wings. Creative Firmino appears to be playing an attacking midfield, just as it was in his days at Hoffenheim.
Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are looking to improve their numbers so far this season. Clean nets will dent Liverpool's confidence a lot, and if these powerful wards produce attacking numbers, the game could be reversed in one direction.
Possible formation (4-2-3-1): Allison; Robertson, Gomez, Williams, Alexander Arnold; Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mane, Firmino, Jota; Salah
West Ham United team
One of the good stories from the Premier League this season, West Ham have shown signs that it is not a team to be taken lightly. After some respectable results against tough competition, they sit down from the top half of the table.
Moyes will miss the injured Antonio, who led his team with strength and conviction. His work ethic is crucial to West Ham's performance, and while Haller is considered an able footballer, it would be difficult to replace someone like Antonio.
Vladimir Koval was a cunning sign and so far impressed him against Tottenham and Man City. The right-back has more clearance to advance in the fifth line of defense and has had 2 assists in the last two matches.
Saeed bin Rahma, another exceptional signature of the Hammers, has yet to make his first outing. It is believed that Moyes and his team are still waiting to catch up with the Premier League.
West Ham definitely has a chance to get something out of this game, and a lot will rest on the shoulders of Jarrod Bowen, who has been one of their best players this season.
Potential formation (5-4-1): Fabianski; Masuako, Creswell, Ojbona, Balboina, Koval; Lanzini, Cedar, Sosic, Bowen; Haller.
Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United
I think the absence of Antonio will hurt West Ham a lot and he will lack that hole for counterattacks. Moyes will prepare deeply, but I think the Liverpool defenders will play a very important role, and adding Jota to these four forwards will play a big role in breaking West Ham. The faster the Liverpool score, the more goals they will score.