Liverpool look for fast start


Liverpool will look for a fast start to their 2018/19 Premier League campaign when they welcome West Ham United to Anfield on Sunday, 12 August 2018, kick-off at 14h30 CAT.

Liverpool comes into the match on the back of a very promising pre-season programme which included wins over Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as a 5-0 hammering of Italian giants Napoli this past weekend.

The Reds have done some stellar work off the field too, recruiting big-name players such as goalkeeper Alisson, midfielder Naby Keita and attacker Xherdan Shaqiri to significantly strengthen their squad.

Manager Jurgen Klopp will want to see his side challenge for the Premier League title this season, and they will again look to last season’s stars such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk to lead them back to the top of the English game.

West Ham’s pre-season programme wrapped last Friday with a win over French side Angers. The London club is entering a new era, with former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini in charge.

The Hammers will look for a much-improved season and they have made some significant signings to boost their squad, including goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson.

West Ham’s key men remain, Mark Noble, Winston Reid and striker Marko Arnautovic, and all will have to be at the top of their games if they are to get anything out of this clash against ‘Pool.

In head-to-head stats, Liverpool and West Ham have met in 44 Premier League matches. The Reds have claimed 26 wins compared to nine for the Hammers, while nine games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting in the league was back in February on Merseyside and saw ‘Pool claim a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. The Reds have won the last three successive matches between the teams and scored a whopping 12 goals in the process.

Liverpool v West Ham – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 44

Liverpool wins 26

West Ham wins 9

Draws 9