Following on from their impressive 4-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend and their latest Europa League game on Thursday against KRC Genk, West Ham United have a big Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday to see if they can continue their good run of form, having won their three previous league games.
In terms of who David Moyes could select to start the game against the Merseysiders on Sunday, one player who we feel should be in the starting XI is Said Benrahma.
Despite drawing 2-2 against Genk in midweek, the Algerian not only scored both of West Ham’s goals on the night, he also managed to complete 38 of his 41 passes (including three key passes), whilst making one accurate cross and playing one accurate long ball. That highlighted his range of passing abilities, which could make him a nuisance for Liverpool’s defence to handle if they allow him time on the ball.
Additionally, Benrahma also completed seven of his nine dribble attempts and won 12 of his 15 ground duels, showing how confident and dangerous he is on the ball and how useful he can be at winning it back for his team, which would make him a difficult prospect for Liverpool.
Overall, his performance in Belgium earned the 26-year-old an excellent match rating of 9.5/10 from SofaScore, as well as being called “unplayable” by former West Ham player Joe Cole, which is why we think Moyes should have no issue in including Benrahma in his starting XI to face Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The 26-year-old – who is currently valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – has appeared in all of West Ham’s Premier League games so far this season, scoring three goals and providing three assists along the way, proving himself a reliable and useful attacking option for the Hammers.
Additionally, the Algeria international has averaged 2.9 shots at goal and 1.4 key passes per game in the Premier League, showing that he certainly is one of West Ham’s most dangerous attacking outlets.
Looking ahead to the Liverpool game, we think that Benrahma’s inclusion in the starting XI would give West Ham a great chance of securing a positive result and potentially hand the Reds their first league defeat of the season whilst pushing the Irons further up the table.