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It seems an age since our last PL home game against Southampton. Tonight its the Hammers, who are in a spot of bother at the wrong end of the table. They have some decent players but maybe not the sort who you would want fighting a relegation battle. They also have Moyes as their manager which doesn't seem a good fit for a Club that used to be known for its good football. Its only a few weeks since we played them away in a game when they parked the bus and seemed intent only on damage limitation. It will be the same again tonight. I saw a bit of their recent game against City and they sat very deep making it hard for City, who nevertheless found ways through their defence. They only played with one attacker that evening, Antonio, who has only scored one goal this season! Liverpools next few games are well spaced out and I don't see any need to rotate too heavily, apart from the Cup game at Chelsea. The only question for me is who replaces Henderson - Keita or Oxlade Chamberlain. My team would be:
Trent Gomez VVD Robertson
Keita Fabinho Wijnaldum
Salah Firmino Mane
My only reason for putting Keita in ahead of Ox is that he needs game time more than Ox and this seems an ideal game to give him some. I can't see any result other than a Liverpool win. The only question for me is whether it will be another narrow one, with West Ham hard to break down, or an easy one, with our attackers exposing the Hammers' frailties. I'm hoping for a reaction from the Athletico defeat and a strong performance to set us up for the next few matches.