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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs West Ham United

Following their resounding 2-0 home win over FC Midtjylland in the Champions League 2020-21 Group D Match, Liverpool Fc are due to host their Premier League Home Match against West Ham United Fc.

Date: 31 October 2020 (Saturday) ; Time: 5:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, England.

Fabinho’s latest injury has put more strain on the severely depleted Liverpool Fc (The Reds) side. The Holding Midfielder was initially lined up as a Makeshift Defender for the FC Midtjylland match.

However, midway through the First Half while running back to defend a cross; the versatile Brazilian seemed to have pulled his hamstring with nobody around him. The sight of the Brazilian limping off was the last thing Jürgen Klopp wanted.

With lack of senior players capable of playing at Centre Back, Klopp would then be forced to line up one of Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips and Billy Koumetio to play alongside youngster Joe Gomez in the heart of the Defence.

Despite the misfortunes with injuries, the Reds are unbeaten record against West Ham United Fc (The Hammers) since February 2016, which is encouraging.

Going into the match, the Reds won their last Premier League Home Match against Sheffield United Fc after doing down 0-1. The Hammers drew their last Saturday Premier League Home match against Manchester City Fc (1-1).

The Last time the 2 sides met at Anfield, the Reds edged past the Hammers to win 3-2 (after going down 1-2 in the match).

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Fabinho’s latest injury has deepened the injury crisis for the Reds. The Brazilian will most likely miss out the Premier League Home Clash against the Hammers.

Joël Matip is unlikely to be considered for selection as he is hampered by an ongoing Leg injury.

After seriously injuring his knee during the Everton game, the news looks grim for Van Dijk. The Reds Management are reluctant to put a timescale for Van Dijk’s recovery. Regardless, surgery will most likely rule the influential Dutchman out for the major part of this season.

Thiago Alcântara and Naby Keïta are closing in on their return despite missing out on the FC Midtjylland match. Their recent absences were taken as mere precaution as the result of the congested fixture schedule and moreover, give players sufficient time to recuperate.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to be ruled out due to his Long-term Knee injury.

 

Verdict: Statistically, David Moyes as a Manager has won just 5 matches against the Reds out of 30+ matches. These records would count for Nothing, as the Reds have now a serious defensive crisis and the Hammers are in a better position to pick-up a positive result at Anfield.

The imminent return of Thiago will be a massive relief for the Reds as the Spaniard will provide the creative spark in the Midfield.

To avoid the risk of lining up an inexperienced player from the Reds Youth Academy, Jordan Henderson might even be lined up as a Makeshift Defender alongside Gomez for the home match against the Hammers.

Since; Virgil Van Djik and Joël Matip are both out injured for an indeterminate period, so Gomez will need to step up even more and simply cannot afford to slipup.

Matip’s ongoing recovery from Leg injury has made the Cameroonian undependable to rely on for the Reds.

As such, given the latest injury sustained by Fabinho and with Van Djik out injured for the major part of the season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise that the Reds Recruitment Team will be seriously considering to buy a Reliable Young Centre Back during the January Winter Transfer Window 2020.

 

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