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Sport Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

14:35  10 august  2018
14:35  10 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Grading Liverpool's transfer window

  Grading Liverpool's transfer window The transfer window has now closed, which means Liverpool will not be signing any new players until January at the earliest, although there is still a chance of players being sold or loaned abroad. With that being the case, we’ve taken a close look at the Reds’ business and given them a grade. Incomings Naby Keita’s arrival was 12 months in the making as Liverpool arranged that deal last summer. It’s clear to see why Jurgen Klopp wanted him; he seems like the ideal midfielder for the manager’s system. Whilst the arrival of Keita was expected, the same cannot be said for Fabinho. There were very few links to the Brazilian in the build-up to his signing and the announcement went some way to easing the pain of the Champions League final loss. Xherdan Shaqiri was next through the door and that signing was a bit of a no-brainer. His cheap release clause means it was a pretty no-risk signing and if pre-season is anything to go by, he’s going to be a very useful addition. Finally, we have Alisson. Liverpool have issues in terms of their goalkeeper ever since Pepe Reina’s form dipped and whilst attempts were made to address the problems, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius were unable to ease the fears of the fans. So, Liverpool went out and paid a record transfer fee for one of the best goalkeepers on the planet. Hopefully, the Brazilian can put to bed any worries about the position for a long time.

In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho, who missed an early penalty, and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not worried ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham . Liverpool vs West Ham .

In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho, who missed an early penalty, and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not worried ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham . Liverpool vs West Ham .

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he does have a bit of a selection headache regarding his defenders ahead of Sunday’s clash against West Ham.

The Reds get their season underway against the Hammers at Anfield on Sunday afternoon but they have a decision to make about who will partner Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the defence.

Speaking at his press conference, the manager confirmed that Dejan Lovren will not feature due to his late return after he helped Croatia reach the World Cup final, whilst Ragnar Klavan has also been ruled out with injury.

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Joel Matip hasn’t played a part in recent pre-season games after picking up a thigh problem against Borussia Dortmund, but Klopp says he’ll be assessed ahead of the West Ham game.

Pele tips Brazil stars to lead Liverpool to Premier League glory

  Pele tips Brazil stars to lead Liverpool to Premier League glory Liverpool's capture of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has persuaded Pele to pick the Reds to win the Premier League title.Pele is backing Brazil stars Alisson and Roberto Firmino to lead Liverpool to glory in the Premier League.

Ahead of Liverpool ’s trip to West Ham on Saturday evening, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic finds himself with a number of injuries at the back. Hopefully, these West Ham injuries work in Liverpool ’s favour on Saturday, as they look to win a third game in succession.

His return eases defensive concerns ahead of the Premier League kick-off. Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield this Sunday but have several injury doubts. Lovren's return eases Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's defensive worries .

Joe Gomez looks the most likely to be ready to play alongside Van Dijk, although he too isn’t 100% fit and he missed the recent game with Torino.

If Matip and Gomez are unavailable, Nathaniel Phillips, who has performed well in pre-season, will likely partner Van Dijk.

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Manuel Pellegrini: 'Do not fear playing at the London Stadium' .
Ahead of his first home game in charge of West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini has urged his squad not to fear playing at the London Stadium, the Guardian report. The Hammers haven’t enjoyed playing at their new stadium as much as they’d have liked, winning just 18 home games in the last two seasons since their move from Upton Park under David Moyes and Slaven Bilic. The club are also expecting to receive a fine from the Football Association following crowd trouble during a home game against Burnley last season which saw multiple fans invade the pitch during the match. However, ahead of the game against Bournemouth, Pellegrini admitted he doesn’t see why playing at home has to be difficult and doesn’t want it to be an excuse. “I don’t know why this stadium has to be difficult. I don’t see any reason why it has to be difficult.” “The pitch has the same measurements. The grass is in very good shape. The atmosphere with 55,000 people is great. The stadium is not an excuse.” Pellegrini, who has won the Premier League while in charge with Manchester City, even inspected the London Stadium’s facilities on Wednesday and held first-team training there on Friday ahead of his first home game in charge.

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