After both securing their opening Europa League victories under remarkably similar circumstances, West Ham United will return to domestic action by traveling to Anfield on Sunday afternoon to face Liverpool. Liverpool, in their midweek fixture, mounted a comeback from a deficit to defeat LASK Linz 3-1, while West Ham also rallied from a one-goal deficit to claim victory against Backa Topola in European competition.
David Moyes will set his players up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to make a host of changes to his first XI for this game. Ollie Watkins will get the nod to lead the line for the East London club in the final third, while Edson Alvarez returns to action in the middle of the park.
4-2-3-1 West Ham United Predicted XI Vs Liverpool
Alphonse Areola will feature in between the sticks for the Hammers as he looks to earn a clean sheet in this away enocounter. Kurt Zouma will play alongside Nayef Aguerd at the centre of Moyes’ defence as they try to keep things solid at the back during the 90 minutes.
Valdimir Coufal would look to give a good account of himself as the right-back while Emerson Palmieri fills in on the other flank as the left-back. Moyes will give both of them the license to get forward and express themselves in the opponent’s half.
Thilo Kehrer will provide cover for the defensive positions on the bench.
Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse will anchor the midfield for the East London giants as they focus on dominating possession and creating some decent chances in the final third.
The talented trio of Said Benrahma, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen will function just ahead of them as part of Moyes’ attack. Kudus would be eager to impress and create opportunities in the final third to win this contest.
Pablo Fornals and Lucas Paqueta will be rested on the bench but might come on to make an impact in the second half if needed.
Ollie Watkins will lead the charge for West Ham on the attacking end of the pitch. He would be hungry to find the back of the net versus the Merseyside club.
Michail Antonio will have to be content with a spot on the bench as he waits for his opportunity to influence the game as a late-game substitute if Moyes opts to call upon his services.