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

After beating the hosts Tottenham Hotspur Fc, Liverpool Fc are set to play against the hosts West Ham United Fc in the Premier League.

Date: 31 January 2021 (Sunday) ; Time: 4:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: London, England.

Both Joël Matip and Captain Jordan Henderson returned for the Tottenham Hotspur Fc (Spurs) away Fixture.

Henderson’s return particularly is a massive boost for the injury stricken Liverpool Fc (The Reds) and his presence will be crucial as the Reds have to navigate through many tricky Fixtures particularly in the coming weeks.

Due to the congested nature of this Season’s Fixtures, Jürgen Klopp might rest some of the Key Players that played in the Tottenham Hotpsur Fc away game.

As such, there might be a possibility of Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi featuring in the upcoming game.

The Reds Youth Academy Players Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams might also feature for the West Ham United away Clash.

The Hammers have drawn twice and lost all their games to the Reds, since the FA Cup 2015-16 Fourth Round win.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Joël Matip injury curse continued as the Cameroonian was subbed before the start of the Second Half of the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away encounter after sustaining a ankle ligament damage. The Reds will be concerned that the Cameroonian most likely will be set for another significant spell on the sidelines.

Due to an unspecified minor muscle issue, Fabinho suffered his latest injury setback and was sidelined prior to the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away Fixture. With the lack of Centre Back options, the Club will be hoping for the Brazilian’s quick recovery.

After sustaining a knee injury during the Second Half of the FC Midtjylland away clash, Diogo Jota has stepped up his rehabilitation and is edging closer to regaining Full Fitness but is still few weeks away from full recovery.

Naby Keïta continues to be sidelined for an indeterminate period, due to a muscle related issue.

Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk remains ruled out for an unspecified period, after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees but both has stepped up their rehabilitation.

However, the Club has been reluctant to put any timescale for their return as they are still a long way from regaining Full Fitness.

 

Verdict: Fabinho’s and especially Matip’s latest setbacks should be a clear warning for Fenway Sports Group (FSG) not to take the risk to wait until the Summer of 2021 to bring in a Centre Back.

If FSG decides not to bring in a Centre Back before the end of Winter Transfer Window 2021, the ongoing Season could be derailed.

Also, the Reds Youth Academy Defenders cannot be entrusted to play consistently well as they are clearly inexperienced.

Worse of all, if the Reds miss the European Qualifying Spots; they will be forced to miss out on the Players targeted for the Summer Transfer Window 2021.

Furthermore, the Reds might also miss on the chance to earn more revenues generated from securing European Spots if they decide on not buying a Centre Back before the January Winter Transfer Window 2021 closes.

About the Reds next opponents, the Hammers Manager David Moyes awful record as Manager against the Reds might likely continue; if the Reds plays similarly like the Spurs away Match.

 

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