Liverpool v West Ham – Match Preview

Liverpool v West Ham

Liverpool open their new Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday and the Anfield men could scarcely ask for better opponents to get things started.

Classic Klopp approach can help for Liverpool

The Hammers have struggled to find a way of stopping Liverpool recently, with Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing game causing them nightmares at times.

West Ham have conceded four goals in each of their last three fixtures against Liverpool. New boss Manuel Pellegrini faces a stiff first test on Merseyside and the Reds are firm favourites here at 1.23.

Few will be suggesting a West Ham win, priced at 13.00, while even a share of the points at 6.35 looks beyond the travelling Londoners.

Liverpool to win to zero @ 2.05

On paper, this is a Liverpool 2.0 version from last season, with Klopp adding some fascinating new pieces to the jigsaw this summer.

Naby Keita and Fabinho offer new options in midfield but the key addition could well be Brazilian shot stopper Alisson, a big-money arrival from Roma.

The Liverpool boss is clearly singing from the Pep Guardiola hymn sheet in acquiring a goalkeeper that is both good with his hands and his feet. Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last five home league matches can oblige punters.

While there have been changes for Klopp this summer his attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and last season’s star-performer Mohamed Salah is set to stay in place.

They’ve got the pace, power, trickery and knowhow to make this a miserable first day back at work for West Ham, a side with just one success in 18 visits to Anfield.

Recent traits also tell us that Liverpool won’t take long to get a firm grip on this game. They have been winning at both half time and full time in their last three matches against West Ham in all competitions and are 1.66 to do so again, adding some value to the home win market.

Liverpool to win the Premier League @ 4.75

Liverpool are second-favourites in the title race behind Manchester City going into the season. To these eyes, they fully deserve that position and are capable of pushing the champions very close over the next 38 games.

They must however start with a win and show that they can cut up inferior opponents like West Ham readily. Giving Man City an early advantage simply won’t do, and there is the added bonus that Guardiola and company start away to Arsenal, a tricky game.

This is a chance to Liverpool to make an early statement and they look more than capable of doing just that. At odds of 12.25 a 4-0 home win looks overpriced given the recent history in this fixture.

No time to dwell for Pellegrini

Pellegrini will make his mark at West Ham, doubtless, but the former Man City boss isn’t going to be judged on games such as this one. It is very hard to see how West Ham will keep Liverpool at bay for 90 minutes and the best betting options are all on the home side scoring goals.