Liverpool V West Ham United Football Betting Tips
Is this the most completely balanced Liverpool squad Brendan Rodgers has put together so far?
Rodgers has gone on a personal management journey over the past four years evolving his playing style and knocking the rough edges off his principles to produce the most complete Liverpool team so far under his tenure.
Only two players remain in the last match day squad that have not been Rodger's buys – the outstanding Skrtel and Lucas and let's hope that Lucas remains after the transfer window closes because he brings a solidity to the midfield that Can can't match.
Against Arsenal, Liverpool were the epitome of hard work and defensive cohesiveness and if anyone thinks that “hard work” is a euphemism for sub standard players running their socks off then they are sadly mistaken.
Pressing all over the field is exactly how Barcelona have elevated themselves to unbeatables, admittedly with much better players than the now departed workshy Balotelli.
The point gained at Arsenal is a significant one built on a superb second half defensive performance that saw Skrtel play one of his best games for the Reds and Lovren look like something of a defender worthy of a double digit price tag.
Combined with some direct distribution from Mignolet to Benteke this was a complete team performance and with Gomez looking like the bargain of the season and Clyne showing how weak Johnson had become at right back there is a brighter horizon for Liverpool supporters.
Liverpool Welcome West Ham For The First 3PM Kick Off Of The New Season
You can probably count the number of these on one hand by the end of the season such is the power that TV rights have over the game now.
Will the Liverpool bandwagon stutter here or continue to gather pace as it barrels into consecutive away games against the top teams? This is an opportunity to keep up with the early pace setters and build some insurance.
The away fixture list is a dogs breakfast for Liverpool. Man United, Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City must all be negotiated before the end of November so winning these home games is even more important if they are not going to be wading through mid table obscurity come Christmas time.
If Liverpool can maintain their impressive early season defensive form then they should win this game easily against a side that conceded four at home to Bournemouth last time out, lost at home to Leicester the week before that and opened with a victory over Arsenal courtesy of some lacklustre finishing from the hosts.
West Ham are 8/1 to win this game and the draw is an excellent 15/4 which is where Reds fans should be putting their money.