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Sebastien Haller will never get a better chance to silence West Ham doubters after Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool are in shock
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Sebastien Haller will never get a better chance to silence West Ham doubters after Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool are in shock

West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller will never get a better chance to prove the doubters wrong when the Hammers travel to injury hit Liverpool on Saturday.

West Ham’s Adrian hopes dashed after shock twist ahead of Liverpool

In-form West Ham look likely to go into the game against Liverpool missing key striker Michail Antonio.

West Ham are awaiting the results of a scan on Antonio’s troublesome hamstrings. But even in the best case scenario, the game will come too soon for the bustling forward.

That means a big chance for £45million striker Haller from the start at Anfield.

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Haller’s big chance as Liverpool defence is depleted further

Haller polarises opinion among West Ham fans.

Some feel he simply does not work hard enough. Others feel he does not get the service.

The truth is probably somewhere in between.

But Haller will never get a better chance to silence the critics after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s downbeat assessment ahead of the game.

Klopp is already missing monolithic Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk for the season.

The Dutchman’s fellow Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip is also currently injured.

And van Dijk’s stand-in Fabinho will miss the West Ham game too after limping out of Liverpool’s Champions League win over Midtjylland with a hamstring injury.

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Hammers boosted by Klopp’s downbeat Liverpool injury assessment

The news will come as a boost for West Ham. And Klopp gave a downbeat assessment of his side’s injury situation ahead of the game against the Hammers (BT Sport).

“It’s exactly the last thing we needed,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“What can I say? I know he felt his hamstring, that’s not good, he didn’t feel it that much, he said he could have played on but with no sprints any more so that doesn’t help in that position obviously.

“We’ll see, we have to do a scan and then we’ll know more, but that’s not good, of course.

“We’re doing really well but it’s a shock for a team because now we have to sort that injury.”

Asked if Matip might be fit for Saturday’s game against West Ham (BBC Sport), Klopp added: “I don’t know. We have to see.

“If it was one game at the end of the season, we could probably make one or the other play. But we have a game three days later. The players need a proper build-up.”

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Haller up against young, inexperienced stand-in

Klopp then went on to hint either 19-year-old Rhys Williams or Nathaniel Phillips, 23, will play against West Ham.

And that means Haller has the perfect opportunity to shine against a young, inexperienced defender.

West Ham fans will be left wondering what might have been though, had Antonio been fit.

So rich is Antonio’s vein of form, the powerful forward could have had a field day at Anfield.

Now the pressure is on Haller to produce and on David Moyes to find a formula that gets the best out of the striker.

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