Liverpool take on David Moyes’ in form West Ham United this weekend with a number of key stars unfit. The Reds will have to make do with what they have when the East London side come to town. Jürgen Klopp could make a huge show of faith in Rhys Williams by picking him at centre back against West Ham.
In form West Ham
Who would have thought that we’d be nervous when West Ham came to Anfield this season?
Pre-season contenders for relegation, the Hammers have been in sterling form in recent weeks.
Davey Moyes has seen his side batter Wolves 4-0 and brush aside Leicester City in a 3-0 victory.
The Hammers then rescued a point in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Spurs, following up the comeback with a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
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Reds injury crisis
Jürgen Klopp is short of bodies at the back going into Saturday’s tie.
Virgil van Dijk is out for the season with a ruptured ACL after he was lunged at by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby.
Joel Matip is sidelined with a mysterious muscle problem, or maybe he’s just being Joel. (I mean, we love you man but please, please, stay fit. You are so fun to watch.)
Fabinho pulled up with a hamstring problem in the Champions League tie with FC Midtjylland on Tuesday night, he is expected back after the international break at the earliest.
This leaves the boss with a difficult choice to make: who starts alongside Joe Gomez on Saturday?
Rhys Williams against West Ham
We saw Jordan Henderson drop into the back four in the Club World Cup, playing alongside Joe Gomez against Monterrey. Steve Nicol suggested to ESPN FC that the skipper could repeat the trick at the weekend.
If Jürgen Klopp were to pick Rhys Williams ahead of the captain at centre back against West Ham it would be a massive show of faith in the youngster.
We are all anxious to find out just who will be lining up at the back for the Reds at the weekend, if it is the 19-year-old then the boss is telling us that he is the man he’ll be leaning on going forward.
If Hendo is picked in the back four then Williams mustn’t have shown the boss enough to keep his place in the side. Fingers crossed we see the youngster given a first Premier League start.