Picking the Likely West Ham Lineup to Face Liverpool on the Premier League’s Opening Weekend

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West Ham have been given a tough game to begin their 2018/19 Premier League season, with a trip to face Liverpool this Sunday. 

Under the stewardship of new manager Manuel Pellegrini, the club have been busy in the transfer window, bringing in no fewer than nine new players, as the optimism around the club builds ahead of the new campaign.

With a challenging game against Liverpool to begin their season, here’s how the Hammers could line up: 

1. GK: Lukasz Fabianski

One of the nine new players that West Ham have signed this summer, the £7m arrival of Lukasz Fabianski from relegated Swansea seems one of the shrewder investments. 

Only Jack Butland made more saves than the 33-year-old last season, as the Polish international went on to keep nine clean sheets, although he will no doubt be made to work for his clean sheet against Liverpool on Sunday.

2. RB: Ryan Fredericks

Another new arrival at West Ham over the summer, although Ryan Fredericks didn’t cost the club anything, having joined on a free transfer from Fulham at the end of last season.

The 25-year-old provided nine assists for the Cottagers to help them return to the Premier League, although his first taste of England’s top division will come with the Hammers, and could be against one of the most devastating attacking outfits in the country. 

3. LB: Aaron Cresswell

Despite the plethora of new faces at the club, one man who is set to remain in the West Ham lineup is left back Aaron Cresswell. 

The former Ipswich Town defender featured in 36 Premier League last season, providing seven assists for teammates, while the 28-year-old has always given a good account of himself since arriving at the club in 2014. 

4. CB: Issa Diop

A £22m arrival in the summer from French side Toulouse, Issa Diop is an exciting prospect who will improve the heart of West Ham’s defence, who will be tested when they face Liverpool on Sunday. 

Having already captained his former club despite being only 21, Diop has proven he has the characteristics and potential leadership credentials to succeed, while his imposing frame suggests he will adapt well to the physical demands of the Premier League.  

5. CB: Angelo Ogbonna

Likely to partner Diop at centre back on Sunday is Italian international Angelo Ogbonna, who will be hoping to forge a strong partnership with the Frenchman in the absence of Winston Reid. 

Already making 79 Premier League appearances, 31 of which came last season, the 30-year-old offers great experience at the back for West Ham, while him being predominantly left-footed offers great balance in defence.  

6. CDM: Mark Noble

Seemingly an immovable figure in midfield for West Ham, Mark Noble is set for another season captaining his boyhood club. 

Having made 319 appearances in the Premier League for the Hammers, the 31-year-old offers a wealth of experience for Manuel Pellegrini to take advantage of ahead of his first season at the club, while Noble is always a figure that can be relied upon when he steps onto the pitch. 

7. CDM: Jack Wilshere

Seen by many as one of the signings of the summer in the Premier League, Jack Wilshere will be hoping to repay the faith shown in him by West Ham.

Joining the club on a free transfer after his contract at Arsenal expired, the 26-year-old will be looking to make a big impression for the Hammers this season, and prove he has both the fitness and the talent to be one of the best midfielders in the league, and perhaps even earn a recall to the England squad. 

8. RM: Felipe Anderson

West Ham’s most expensive signing of the summer, costing an initial club record £35m, big things are expected of Felipe Anderson following his arrival to the London Stadium.

A direct, pacey wide player, the 25-year-old seems well suited to life in the Premier League, while his record of four goals and seven assists for SS Lazio in Serie A last season suggests he’s more than useful once he gets into the attacking third, and he’ll need to be as chances could be limited against Liverpool. 

9. CAM: Robert Snodgrass

Despite spending last season on loan at Championship side Aston Villa, Robert Snodgrass has played a part in pre-season for West Ham, and could be given a chance against Liverpool on Sunday.

With a number of injuries in the attacking positions for the Hammers ahead of their trip to Anfield, the versatility of the Scot could see him line up in front of Noble and Wilshere in midfield support in attack, while offering another body in the centre of midfield when Liverpool do have the ball.

10. LM: Arthur Masuaku

With Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko doubts for the game against Liverpool, Pellegrini could turn to Arthur Masuaku to plug the gap down the left hand side.

Despite normally operating as a left back, he appearance further forward could be as a way of preventing Mohamed Salah having any influence on the game, doubling up with Cresswell to help negate the attacking threat of the Egyptian, while fuelling the 24-year-old’s appetite to get forward and attack. 

11. ST: Marko Arnautovic

The talisman for this West Ham side, Marko Arnautovic could be deployed as a central striker for the game against Liverpool, which is arguably his best position.

Last season’s top scorer for the club in the league with 11 goals, the 29-year-old Austrian has been finding the back of the net regularly during pre-season, and given the license to go out and express himself, Arnautovic is a talent that can cause any defender problems on his day. 

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