West Ham United face the daunting task of taking on champions-elect Liverpool tonight.

The Hammers go into the game at the London Stadium only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Liverpool will put that slight advantage under threat.

And West Ham boss knows his team will have to be at their very best to get anything out of the game.

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Injury problem for both sides

The Reds will be missing key man Sadio Mane (Liverpool Echo).

But West Ham are not without their own injury problems.

Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko remain sidelined. Lukasz Fabianski and Robert Snodgrass have also had knocks.

David Moyes cannot seem to find a settled team since he took over last month.

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Moyes to make five changes to team which started against West Brom

And he will once again make a host of changes to the starting XI from the team which started against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Moyes revealed in his pre-match press conference that Fabianski and Snodgrass are back in contention (whufc.com).


Both will come back into the team for tonight’s game for Darren Randolph and the anonymous Manuel Lanzini respectively.

Angelo Ogbonna is back in place of the hapless Fabian Balbuena.

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Antonio return a massive boost

Captain Mark Noble comes back in for Carlos Sanchez in central midfield.

And Albian Ajeti will be replaced by Michail Antonio.

The return of powerhouse Antonio will be a major boost.

He came on at half-time of last week’s defeat at Leicester and got West Ham back in the game before the pathetic late collapse.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Liverpool:

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Fornals, Antonio, Haller.

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