West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 v Liverpool: Three changes as dynamic front four start
By Emma Sanders
West Ham could make a up to three changes when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday and Slaven Bilic is expected to change the formation to accommodate Andy Carroll.
Alvaro Arbeloa, Andre Ayew and Carroll could all replace Ashley Fletcher, Arthur Masuaku and the injured James Collins.
Carroll made his return in the 5-1 defeat against Arsenal last Saturday and scored on his first appearance in almost four months and he could be the biggest threat against his former club.
He is expected to start up front as a lone striker while Dimitri Payet and Ayew take up the wide attacking roles as part of a dynamic front four that also includes Manuel Lanzini in the number 10 role.
Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang are in line take up slightly deeper central midfield slots.
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Bilic is expected to make these formation changes in an attempt to get the most out of Carroll’s aerial threat against a weak Liverpool defence.
The Hammers injury list is extensive, with Daifra Skaho, James Collins, Sam Byram, Gokhan Tore, Reece Oxford and Cheikhou Kouyate all set to miss the clash.
Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are expected to return to the squad but it’s unlikely they will start.
Arbeloa is likely to replace Collins at right-back but Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, and Edmilson Fernandes should all retain their places in defence.
Darren Randolph is the obvious choice as the Hammers’ number one.
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