Liverpool take on West Ham United on Saturday, in what will be the fourth game of our new Premier League campaign. After the Reds made the perfect start against Stoke and Bournemouth and held Arsenal to a hugely respectable draw last Monday, Brendan Rodgers’ side will no doubt be hoping to keep up our fine form.
The Hammers, who started the season with a hugely impressive win at the Emirates Stadium, have struggled to live up to that form since then – losing back-to-back games against Leicester City and Bournemouth.
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With that in mind, here are five key battles that could decide the game:
5) Philippe Coutinho vs Darren Randolph
With Adrian suspended following his red card against Leicester, we’ll be up against West Ham’s number two, who didn’t have the best of afternoon’s against Bournemouth – conceding four times. Philippe Coutinho, who netted that fabulous winner against Stoke and came close to scoring against Arsenal last time out, will relish the chance to face a goalkeeper who’s likely to be very nervous. Don’t be surprised to see the odd long range effort flying in.
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