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Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Liverpool

West Ham United are back in Premier League action this afternoon with a home clash against Liverpool, who have beaten the Hammers five times in their last six league meetings.

Ahead of the match against the Reds, after drawing 2-2 against KRC Genk in the Europa League on Thursday, Irons manager David Moyes revealed that Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlasic will potentially be unavailable to play against Jurgen Klopp’s side through injury.

With that in mind, here’s how we think West Ham could line up today, with seven changes anticipated from the clash against Genk.

In goal, considering that he’s played in all of West Ham’s Premier League so far this season, it would be a surprise to not see Lukasz Fabianski start for the Hammers. He replaces Alphonse Areola, who started in Belgium and made four saves on the night.

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In defence, we can only see Aaron Cresswell keeping his place from the back four which started in midweek. Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Vladimir Coufal make way for Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma – who is currently earning a weekly wage of £120k-per-week according to Spotrac – and Ben Johnson respectively, restoring the same back four which started in their 4-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend.

In the centre of midfield, we think Moyes will put Tomas Soucek back in from the start alongside Declan Rice, even though the 26-year-old scored a late own goal against Genk in midweek.

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Ahead of those two, with Said Benrahma scoring both of West Ham’s goals in Belgium, we reckon he will keep his place in the team in between Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen out wide, with Manuel Lanzini and Arthur Masuaku dropping down to the substitutes’ bench. The Argentine could pay the price for failing to record a shot of any description against Genk.

Up top, with six goals scored in nine Premier League games so far this season, it would be madness for Moyes to consider dropping Michail Antonio from the team. The 31-year-old could make himself a real danger to Liverpool’s defence and give his side a good chance of ending the Reds’ unbeaten status in the league.

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