West Ham hoping to break duck against Liverpool

By Farid Khan

Liverpool face another London club on saturday in the shape of West Ham, who have scored three times the number of goals as compared to their mid-table rivals and Liverpool’s previous opponents, Arsenal. Interesting stat that West Ham have received more red cards (5 (2 in the league and 3 in Europa league qualifiers)) than Liverpool have scored goals (2) this season. Not to forget, the last time West Ham won a match at Anfield, their manager Slaven Bilic wasn’t even born. He is confident of a good show against the Mighty Reds, but in the back of his mind, he knows there are more chances of West Ham winning the Premier League than that happening. There has been very interesting occurrences happening at the London club of late, with veteran player and Liverpool fan, Kevin Nolan, refusing to play against the club he loves. He probably sensed a thrashing on Saturday at Anfield, and left West Ham. So much for the club he loves, he has even rejected several contract offers from Premier League sides to make sure he doesn’t have to face Liverpool and could instead meet Arsenal next season in the Championship, provided Arsene Wenger’s Gunners continue on with their horrific form, their in-from striker Olivier Giroud keeps on missing them sitters and their marquee signings of Mesut ‘Fraud’ Ozil and Alexis Sanchez don’t appear out of Joe Gomez’s pockets. Former Liverpool ‘stellar’ forward and their most expensive signing ever, Andy Carroll, has shown signs of loyalty as well by aggravating his injury and making sure he doesn’t show up for the full game against the club, playing for whom he made it into my fantasy team, once. That’s £35m justified!

Liverpool will take the field on Saturday in a bid to prolong their 100% record at home this season. Their last match at Anfield ended in a 1-0 win against the newly promoted AFC Bournemouth. Star attacker, Christian Benteke, found the net on his home debut with a goal to savour and would be hungry to do it once more, against a side, who leaked 4 against the club ‘Big Ben’ scored his debut goal for Liverpool against. Belgian keeper Simon ‘Neuer’ Mignolet won’t mind another clean-sheet, which would take the tally of clean-sheets to four for the season. A win  would also mean Liverpool would be undefeated in four, going into the international break. If results go their way and if Philipe Coutinho has another decent day at the office, the Merseyside club could also end the game-week on top of the Premier League table. And who knows; this might just be their year!

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