Last away game on Sunday at 16:30 was decent for us, lets make this a habit.
At kickoff we will already know what our competitors have accomplished, not that it matters, lets just take care of our own business.
Imo Bobby will most likely not play, he went directly to the changing rooms when he was substituted. Naby still injured, Joe injured. No idea on Milner. Jones should be fine but I don’t think he will start.
TAA Konate VVD Tsimikas
Thiago Fab Hendo
Salah Jota Mane
Mo needs to start scoring again, its been 2 game dry spell now and he’s only at a goal a game.
Our form over the last 5 games has been so average that I had to double check, DDWWD, so 1.8 points per game which is not close to good enough, even though we are second in the table (not that it matters at this stage).
A solid win with a clean sheet would be perfect, so 0-3. Show these hammers that this part of the table belongs to Liverpool and title pretenders are not welcome here.
I think if we combine both of this, I won’t say being second at this stage doesn’t matter. Despite our recent results in the league, we are still second after 10 games, which usually is a good predicament of how the final table will shape up. You don’t win the league at this stage, but you could very well be out of it. Given our midfield mini crises, I am okay with how we stand currently. Thiago and Fabinho returning is huge and hopefully we’ll see off this international break after this game without any more injuries.
I’ll go with the same line up as against Atleti, no reason for dropping anyone. Robbo will be made to work his ass off for the internationals I presume, so a nice long rest before that won’t harm him. Our players who played 90 may not have been that tired yesterday, so we can still get the likes of Fab and Matip to start.
West ham have a game in Europe tonight. They already have 3 wins so will probably rest some but clubs like West Ham aren’t used to playing twice a week and it often shows.
We have a good record at their gaff and I expect that to continue. If we play to our highest level we win, simple as that.
Midfield and attack pretty much pick themselves for this one. I expect Robbo to be back but wont be disappointed if the excellent Tsimikas gets another start and I see no reason to break up the VVD/Matip partnership.
Also this will be the 25th PL game since Michael Oliver reffed us. Dean, Pawson and Taylor have all had 3 or 4 in that time. We generally get fairly treated by Oliver. Just saying…
If Moyes had swerved Utd and gone to Europe and failed we would be talking about him in the same vein as Potter, Rodgers etc. Decent home grown managers a step up from Alardyce and Pulis etc.
He has West Ham playing decent football and their place in the table isnt false.
We need to be on our game, go at them from the start and keep the shape in midfield.
Fabinho back is an immense boost for us.
Klopp stated that Bobby’s done a hamstring - that’ll be a good 3-4 weeks then. Will miss the internationals.
WHU are playing some great football. They will not be a pushover by any stretch. They are at home so will need to attack us. Given our away form, we will definitely carve some chances out, if we can control midfield. We will have most of the ball, and West Ham will look to use their wingers and Antonio to counter.
Fabinho is going to be crucial for this game in controlling the midfield. If he starts, I think we will win. Here’s hoping that he also doesn’t have to much game time during the International break. Casimero seems to always be ahead of him which suits me.
I’d go with a largely unchanged starting 11
Trent Matip Virgil Robbo
Hendo Fab Ox
Salah Jota Mane
Hopefully Jones is back on the bench given we know Naby and Milner will be out. Expect Thiago to be on the bench but you never know - he may well start. Klopp said Ox was a minor knock - hopefully it stays that way. He needs the game time and rhythm. He played well last night.
I would have no issue with Tsimikas going again at left back, however I suspect that Robbo will start. Would be fine with Ibou starting as he’s a tank and quick, but Joel would be my preference for his ball carrying and reading of the game. Plus he’ll be getting a long break during the itnernational break - suspect Ibou will be with the France U21s.
We had some really good performances/wins at that ground, I can only remember one game we didn’t win, that in 2019 when it was a draw and City started to catch us (Leicester 1-1 at home was a key point).
Hoping for more of the same, if we match the effort and don’t do any stupid things in defence/set-pieces, we should be too good, too fast and too clinical for them.