West Ham have started this season right where they left off last season. They’re playing an entertaining and effective style of football.
The Hammers played their fourth Europa League group stage match Thursday — drawing 2-2 with Genk. It was a rather disappointing result for the Hammers as midfielder Tomáš Souček scored a bizarre own goal in the 87th minute to level the match.
Nevertheless, West Ham is unbeaten in Europe so far — winning three and drawing one — and currently sit fourth in the Premier League table. The Hammers smacked a 10-man Aston Villa side in their last league match to make it three straight league wins in a row.
Twenty points from a possible 30 to start the Premier League is something I think every West Ham fan would’ve taken. Especially when you factor in the club’s playing a more congested schedule than they’re used to.
Now comes toughest test to date for West Ham – unbeaten Liverpool
Liverpool enters the match as the league’s top-scoring team — 29 goals in 10 matches played. With the majority of West Ham’s conceded goals coming from their right side, Liverpool may have the most success playing through winger Sadio Mane.
Liverpool’s star and Premier League-leading scorer Mohamed Salah will also have the West Ham backline on high alert. Salah has scored against the Hammers nine times while playing for Liverpool. Whichever pair of West Ham outside backs are selected in the starting XI will have their hands full — Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal are the defenders David Moyes will choose from.
The Hammers will hope Said Benrahma’s midweek MOTM performance carries over to the weekend. The Algerian has been sensational this season and his second goal against Genk shows the quality he possesses.
This weekend’s match will be a challenging one for West Ham, but it’s a great chance to prove just how good this side is. A win at home against Liverpool would see them jump the Reds in the table and have them sitting inside the top three at the end of Matchday 11.
Regardless of the result, being unbeaten in Europe and having only two losses through the first 10 league matches is a very impressive start to this season’s campaign for the East London club.