Alex Kral allegedly could be handed a surprise start for the Liverpool vs West Ham United clash at Anfield this evening.
That’s according to club insiders Claret and Hugh who claim that Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Mark Noble are all doubtful for today’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Today’s game at Anfield is an absolutely huge one for the Hammers.
We are still battling for a top four finish but with all of the teams apart from Manchester United in and around us in the table having played at least two less games, we can’t afford too many slip-ups between now and the end of the season.
David Moyes has openly admitted that he has been concerned by the performances of his team over the past couple of months. There were signs that we were beginning to turn a corner last weekend at the London Stadium against Wolves.
West Ham were brought back down to earth with a bang on Wednesday night though when Southampton dumped us out of the FA Cup.
And things could be set to get a whole lot worse at Anfield this afternoon. There is never a good time to play Liverpool away. And Moyes has plenty of injury concerns that may well make our task of getting a positive result against Jurgen Klopp’s side almost impossible.
Alex Kral could get shock start for Liverpool vs West Ham clash
Moyes brought the 23-year-old to the London Stadium from Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day in the summer.
The Hammers have an option to sign him permanently next summer for around £17 million (£12 million plus a potential £5 million in add-ons) according to ExWHUemployee.
As things stand though, it’s highly unlikely that we will take up that option.
Kral has barely featured for West Ham this season. The Czech Republic international has just six appearances this term for the Hammers.
Only one of those have come in the Premier League – a one minute cameo away at Watford just before the turn of the year.
Kral hasn’t done much to impress but in all fairness to him, he hasn’t been given much of a chance.
If Rice, Soucek and Noble can’t play today, it will be interesting to see the 23-year-old Czech midfielder tested against one of the very best teams on the planet.
Moyes will never know what Kral has to offer until he throws him into the deep end. It could be make or break for the 23-year-old this evening, one way or another.
And if he does start against Liverpool at Anfield, he had better be ready for one of the toughest games that he has faced during his short career to date.